Zika can be described as a mosquito-transmitted virus that is spread to humans by being bitten by (See Picture) Aedes aegypti (left) and Aedes albopictus (right). The Zika Virus became a major problem in the Americas in 2015, due to the outbreak in Brazil. Although the Zika Virus is widely spread by mosquitoes, it can also be transmitted sexually by humans.
Zika carrying Mosquitoes VS Non-carrying Zika Mosquitoes
There are some differences between mosquitoes that carry the Zika Virus, and those who do not. Mosquitoes that do carry Zika, bite during the day-time. They also lay their eggs in smaller bodies of water, such as containers. Mosquitoes that do not carry Zika, generally bite after sundown. They lay their eggs in larger bodies of waters.
Similarities between these two mosquitoes include:
- Life Cycle; The mosquitoes both undergo the same changes and stages of life. The female life cycle lasts 42-56 days, while the male’s lasts about 10 days
- Feeding; Male mosquitoes feed on nectar, while females feed off of blood.
Knowing if You have Zika
No cases of the Zika Virus has been contracted in Florida. People that reside in Florida that have the Zika Virus had the virus transmitted to them whilst out of state/country. Most people with Zika won’t exhibit any symptoms of having the Zika Virus. Symptoms of Zika are very similar to symptoms of the common flu. To test to see if you have Zika, a blood or urine sample is required. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent Zika, or cure for having Zika. Once contracting Zika, the virus remains in your blood stream for about a week, but some may have it for longer.
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