America on Verge of Zika Pandemic; Aerial Pesticides Next
With the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issuing their first warning for Americans to avoid travel to an American neighborhood, the U.S. is on the verge of a Zika pandemic that may soon require extreme measures, including aerial pesticide spraying.
For the first time their 70 year history, the CDC warned Americans on August 1 not to travel to an American neighborhood for fear of catching an infectious disease. The CDC advised pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a Zika infested community near Miami that has 14 cases in a neighborhood with 200 homes and businesses.
Vector borne diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, and Zika infect over 1 billion people and kill over 1 million people per year. Zika is easily spread by 1) mosquito blood bite; 2) mother to child; 3) sex; 4) saliva; 5) urine; 6) blood transfusion; and 7) research laboratory exposure, according to the CDC.
Zika is symptomatic for only 18 percent of cases. If symptoms appear, they are usually associated with a mild flu fever, joint pain, muscle pain, headache and red eyes. Consequently, the Zika infection rate is drastically under reported.