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Makati’s Precautionary Measures to Prevent Zika Virus effects on Babies

Zika







welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Zika is associated with microcephaly or babies born with small heads. It mostly affects pregnant women. Symptoms of Zika infection include fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), headache and muscle pain. These common conditions cannot be ignored these days. Early consultations is a must.





[VIDEO]: Pregnant women affected by Zika virus gave birth to defective babies. See the extremity of the problems the virus caused to the young ones.



Zika Transmission

Health authorities believe that Zika is transmitted by sexual contact and through the bite of the Aedes mosquito, also identified as the vector in transmitting Dengue and Chikungunya.



Makati Worker Diagnosed with Zika

One of the reported Zika cases in Metro Manila, is  a 42-year old male, who works in Makati but is a resident of Mandaluyong. Despite not being a Makati resident, precautions are undertaken in the city as a precautionary measure.



Mayor’s Plea

Mayor Abby Binay asks residents to remain calm and participate in a citywide cleanup drive to destroy breeding sites of mosquitoes. She urges residents to always keep their homes and surroundings clean. It is important to make sure in eliminating stagnant water and other usual breeding sites of mosquitoes.



No Need to Panic

City health officer Dr. Bernard Sese also assured residents there was no need to panic. “The male patient found positive of Zika virus, who is a non-resident, is already well. They have stepped up efforts to determine areas in the barangays with high-density of mosquitoes through setting up ovi-larvi traps; as ordered by the mayor.



High-risk Barangays are Identified

Based on the results of the ovi-larvi trap, high-risk areas in the barangays are identified and subjected to intensive cleanup operations jointly conducted by the barangay and city personnel. The city would only resort to misting when despite cleanup efforts, ovi-larvi trap results remain high.



Health Education Vital

The MHD chief also underscored the importance of continuous health education of people in the community regarding the prevention of virus infection and transmission.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/30/health/zika-microcephaly-cases-thailand/

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Zika mosquitoes sprays result to millions of bees dead

Zika mosquitoes





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The honey business of a family in Summerville suffered after the areal spray to kill Zika mosquitoes killed their bees instead. This is despite  the US Environmental Protection Agency or EPA’s assurance that the spray used was safe. Read the full story here:

MIAMI — Beekeeper Juanita Stanley woke up stunned Monday morning when she realized the familiar buzz at her South Carolina apiary had gone silent.

In an effort to control the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, authorities over the weekend doused parts of the southeastern state with the controversial pesticide Naled — a dose that proved fatal to millions of bees.

“Our family business has been destroyed by the aerial spray,” Stanley said on the Facebook page of her Summerville, SC apiary, Flowertown Bee Farm and Supplies. “Help us share the story, don’t let our honey girls die in vain.”

Along with her plea Stanley posted photos showing the clumps of dead bees and her team burning the boxes that had housed the hives.

According to the local channel WCSC, the apiary lost 46 hives and 2.5 million bees.

Dorchester County, which manages much of the town of Summerville, ordered the August 28 aerial spraying after detecting four confirmed Zika cases in the area.

“Dorchester County is aware that some beekeepers in the area that was sprayed on Sunday lost their beehives,” said County Administrator Jason Ward in a statement, urging affected beekeepers to report their losses.

The controversial pesticide Naled has been used in the United States since 1959 as a common tool for mosquito control, despite concerns about its risks for human and environmental health.

The European Union prohibited its use in 2012, but the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assures it is safe if sprayed sparingly.

Reference: http://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/09/03/16/millions-of-us-bees-die-from-spray-to-fight-zika-mosquitoes

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