What the ruff!? Florida has confirmed the FIRST 4 local transmissions of the Zika virus from the bite of a mosquito. CDC Director Tom Friedman states “These are the first cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in the continental United States, as we have anticipated, Zika is now here.”
For those dog owners who are unaware about the virus here is a quick breakdown:
Zika virus is spread to a human from the bite of a infected mosquito. Common symptoms of Zika virus infection include: fever, joint pain, rash, headache and conjunctivitis ( eye infection). The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is likely to be a few days to a week. The illness is usually mild, 75% of people experience no symptoms, and of those infected, they only have signs lasting a few days to about a week.
The alarming concern with Zika is the development of microcephaly; a condition where babies suffer from abnormally small heads and incomplete brain development. Brazilian doctors have noted a spike in microcephaly cases in the country since Zika has began spreading.
Pregnant woman are being urged to take extra precaution when traveling to sub-tropical countries. Health officials also suggest taking extra steps at home to protect you and your children. There are many natural deet-free options to fight mosquito bites, we highly recommend lemon eucalyptus oil spray. You can find the lowest prices HERE
Can the Zika Virus Harm my Dog?
According to the Center Of Disease Control & Prevention:
At this time, animals do not appear to be involved in the spread of Zika virus
There is no evidence that Zika virus is spread to people from contact with animals.
There have not been any reports of pets or other types of animals becoming sick with Zika virus. However, more research is needed to better understand Zika virus in animals.
Animals in the United States are not at risk of becoming sick with Zika virus.
Microcephaly in Animal Pregnancy
“Microcephaly has not been reported among populations of monkeys and apes in areas with previous or ongoing Zika virus transmission. This type of birth defect has not been reported with Zika virus infection in animals living in areas where Zika virus is present. However, more research is needed to better understand Zika virus and microcephaly in animal pregnancy.” -CDC