The mosquito born virus, Zika, has wreaked panic across the globe, due to its rapid spread connection to a neurological birth disorder.
Zika is spread by mosquitos of the Aedes genus, which can breed in a pool of water as small as a bottle cap and usually bite in daytime.
Pregnant Mothers who are in their first trimester are affected most by the virus
The Zika virus has been linked to unusually small heads and brain damage in newborns, called microcephaly in children born to infected mothers, as well as blindness, deafness, seizures and other congenital defects. In adults, the virus is linked to a form of temporary paralysis, called Guillain-Barré syndrome, according to CNN.
This mosquito is common in the United States, typically only in Florida and along the Gulf Coast, although it has been found as far north as Connecticut in hot weather.
According to the New York Times, “in late July, Florida officials announced what appeared to be the first locally transmittied cases of Zika infection in the continental United States,” and the widespread fear of the zika virus begins.
Following the trail of the Zika virus, it has now bitten its way locally over to South Park, and El Cajon and some residents in these areas are not happy about the spraying.
According to Fox Five San Diego, “The spray-area in Lemon Grove has borders of San Miguel Avenue on the north, Corona Street on the west, midway between Tweed Street and Brunei Court on the south and midway between New Jersey Avenue and Buena Vista Avenue to the east.”
“On Tuesday night, resident[s] gathered at Grape and 30th street to voice their concerns, saying they weren’t notified of the spraying and are worried that the chemicals may be harmful” reported NBC San Diego.
By law, the county has to give two to three days notice to residents but, “they need to spray in a timely manner because it takes 10 days for an infected mosquito to transmit the Zika virus to a person,” according to NBC San Diego.
FOX 5 recently spoke with [a] resident, who asked to remain anonymous. He said he traveled to Costa Rica and Guadalajara. County officials said aedes mosquito larvae were also found in the man’s neighborhood, prompting the county to spray two-city blocks with pesticides last week.
“In addition to Monday’s spraying operation in Lemon Grove, similar operations have occurred in: South Park on Aug. 19, Mount Hope on Sept. 6, Adams North on Sept. 9, Grant Hill on Sept. 12 and Skyline on Sept. 23,” reported The Union Tribune.
While there is much that scientists are still learning about Zika, there are steps to reduce the risk of Zika.
Currently, there is no vaccine or treatment for the Zika virus. The best protection to avoid infection is to prevent mosquito breeding and protect yourself from mosquito bites.