Zika Virus Mosquito Found on Long Beach


We don’t have some good news for the residents of Long Beach area. A dangerous specie of, mosquito has been detected by the officials of California. According to them, this is for the first time that a mosquito specie that carries contagious viruses including Zika Virus, is found in the northern side of Long Beach. Read on to know more about the risks and precautionary measures against Zika Virus mosquito.

What is Zika Virus?

Zika virus causes various cognitive disorders in human body. This virus is contagious and can easily spread from the bite of a special mosquito specie named, the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Unlike other types of mosquitoes, this particular insect bites during daytime. The main diseases caused by it may include—yellow fever, dengue fever, zika virus and chikungunya virus.  It is damaging, particularly for the pregnant women. The virus may easily pass from the mother to its fetus. It can also be transmitted by sexual intercourse with the infected person.

How Zika Virus Affects the Fetus

A unborn baby, when infected by Zika Virus can suffer from microcephaly. It interrupts the proper functioning of baby’s brain causing severe brain abnormalities.

Symptoms of Zika Virus

Now when the Long Beach has been declared invaded by Aedes aegypti mosquito, all the people living or traveling in the region must be careful about it and must know the main symptoms of zika virus. Symptoms do not show up immediately. It would take a few days. The most common symptoms may include;

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Rashes on skin
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • A general feeling of discomfort

Cure for Zika Virus

Unfortunately, no cure or vaccine for Zika virus has been discovered till date. People try to cure it by using various homemade remedies.

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Tips for Residents of Long Beach to Confront Zika Virus

  • Long Beach health authorities are spreading awareness among the locals. They are advised to take all precautionary measures to stay protected against the mosquito in daytime. If anyone gets bitten by it, contact Zika hotline on (562) 570-7907 to get immediate help.
  • The local authorities has planted a number of traps to catch this zika containing mosquito.
  • Aedes aegypti mosquito breeds on still water. People living in Long Beach area, are advised to empty all the bowls and containers that contain some stagnant water. even your pet’s water bowl should be empty, when not in use.