The Florida headlines have been hit hard with concerns about the spread of Zika.  Florida remains to be the only state with locally acquired Zika cases, which has lead US health officials to warn pregnant women to avoid Florida’s Miami Beach area. The CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are suggesting that pregnant woman may want to avoid Miami-Dade County all together.  This is where the majority of cases have been reported so far.

Over 2,200 travel related Zika cases have popped up over other parts of the US. At this time reports claim one Zika related death in Utah, and the death of a baby in Texas with what is being called a Zika-linked birth defect.  As of August 1, 2016, there were 479 pregnant women in our country who’ve tested positive for the Zika virus, and 15 babies born in the US with Zika-related birth defects.  The WHO (World Health Organization) released one of its Zika situation reports, determining that there is no evident decline in the outbreak!

Even though a majority of Americans have little to worry about the Zika virus, many will encounter mild symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), and possibly a headache.  (Flu-like symptoms.)  However, because Zika can cross the placenta and attack fetal brain cells, it is dangerous to unborn children. So dangerous, that stopping the spread of mosquitoes that carry Zika is a top priority right now! The best way to prevent the spread of Zika according to the CDC, is to prevent mosquito bites. Best prevention practices include:

  • Use EPA-registered insect repellent
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants
  • Stay in places with air conditioning or window and door screens
  • Remove standing water around your business and home

The concern of Zika spreading more aggressively outside of Florida is of great concern to businesses associated with shipping, trucking, and transportation.  Their responsibility to safeguard shipments out of the state is imperative.  EPA registered insecticides, such as insect foggers, and repellents have become standard measures for protection, and up until now, have been the only choices.  All still play a very important role in preventing the spread of mosquitoes that carry Zika.  Thankfully there is now another layer of protection, one that doesn’t weaken in time, and keeps protecting 24/7.

Neutron Industries’ Bug-Burst is an EPA registered, metered insecticide and is the next level of protection!  An automatic, metered spray that kills flying pests, including mosquitoes carrying Zika, around the clock- both indoors and out. Just one can of Bug-Burst lasts for one month, giving you a pest-free environment 24/7! Bug-Burst does not give off an offensive odor like most bug sprays, so people can work and do business while treatment continues in the area.