STOCKTON- Earlier this month the Mosquito and Vector Control departments for San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties announced they’ve discovered Aedes mosquitoes for the first time. The announcement comes with the concern for public health since the insects are known to carry the Zika virus.
According to the Mayo Clinic Zika is, “A disease caused by Zika virus that’s spread through mosquito bites.In most cases, there are no symptoms. In a few cases, Zika can trigger paralysis (Guillain-Barré Syndrome). In pregnant women, it may cause subsequent birth defects”.
According to the Center for Disease Control:
- Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite during the day and night.
- Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
- There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
For more information about symptoms go to the Center for Disease Control.