The summer of 2016 is not only one of the hottest on Earth, but it is also one that got people concerned of all sorts of diseases. For some of them, like Zika and the West Nile virus, mosquitoes are to blame. Baltimore has already taken severe measures against the viruses carrier insects.
Last night, Sunday, August 28, people in Baltimore were asked to stay in, as officials started their spraying project against mosquitoes in the area. The growing numbers of Zika virus infection cases got both citizens and authorities concerned. The Baltimore City Health Department and Maryland Department of Agriculture were in charge of the procedure.
Doctor Leana Wen said in a press release, before the spraying last night:
“Out of an abundance of caution, we will be conducting mosquito control activities Sunday evening in areas within the Violetville neighborhood and urge residents in the designated area to remain indoors during this spraying period. We can all play a part in preventing mosquitoes from breeding by eliminating standing water in our communities. This remains an all hands on deck moment for our city.”
Authorities asked people not to go out after ten p.m., not to let pets outside, and neither their food bowls or children’s toys.
Seventy-seven Zika cases have been reported in Maryland, and officials hope for it to stop, although there are chances are that the virus will attack again.
There is another caution measure that the authorities intend to apply, namely, check the blood supplies from donors. What they mean is to make sure that none of the blood supplies is contaminated with the Zika virus or any other virus to which people might have been exposed throughout the summer.
Most of the reported Zika virus cases were related to people who had traveled. Approximately nine thousand cases were reported in the United States and Puerto Rico, and more than fourty of them were located in Florida.
People’s concern about mosquitoes and the viruses they carry increased after learning that Zika affects pregnant women. There are studies which show that mosquitoes prefer to feed on pregnant women’s blood because they emit a particular odor. Zika virus can affect babies because it interferes with the development of their brains. Mosquitoes biting the mother actually cause babies to be born with brain affections.
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