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President Obama says that there are now at least 500 confirmed Zika Virus cases in the continental United States that are all travel related at this point. He says that he is concerned about what happens during this summer when mosquito populations are far more active. He is asking congress for 1.9 billion dollars for investing time and research and action into vector control and vaccines. Regardless of your political stance, this is extremely important that this money is released because this is a deadly serious virus, as the President says in the video below, you don't get a vaccine overnight. The video below was released by the White House on May 20, 2016 and it features the President explaining the Zika virus and the reasons he is asking for money from congress to combat it.

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USA Today has put out a vast video and image friendly report on how the local governments in the gulf states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana) are doing in dealing with the mosquitoes bringing in the Zika Virus to the United States. Some of it is great to know, other parts quite sobering, but either way it's very much worth taking a look at. Please check it out here.

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For a large downloadable version of the map by NSF, click here. The NSF has a quote that just about everyone living in the United States will want to know: 

"Summertime weather conditions are favorable for populations of the mosquito along the East Coast as far north as New York City and across the southern tier of the country as far west as Phoenix and Los Angeles, according to specialized computer simulations by the researchers.

Spring and fall conditions can support low to moderate populations of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in more southern regions of its U.S. range. Wintertime weather is too cold for the species outside southern Florida and southern Texas, the study found."

Unfortunately for us Floridians, our states climate remains a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes and along with it, the Zika virus. Protect yourselves and stay safe. Take a look at the original NSF report here

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There's been a lot of talk recently about Zika virus and the threats it poses expectant mothers. Central Florida is especially vulnerable due to the amount of travelers we receive. As we always say, "Knowledge is power!" Here's some great info about this mosquito-borne virus.

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What’s the scariest Halloween costume you can think of? A zombie? A creepy doll? Or maybe an evil mummy! Those may be spooky costume ideas but in reality, they are based on fictional ideas. If you want a truly scary Halloween costume, consider dressing up as a mosquito!

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You may ask yourself, “How is that scary?”

Well, did you know that mosquitoes are twice as deadly as snakes? It’s true. Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading 17% of infectious diseases in humans including Malaria, Dengue fever, Rift Valley fever, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, Chikungunya and West Nile virus. According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes are responsible for one million deaths annually. That’s more deaths than sharks, snakes, lions, tigers and bears combined. Oh my!

 


Check out this story from NPR for more truly scary pest costume ideas!  

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