Most of our readers are outdoorsy-types, working in the garage, shop or yard. And here in Florida, where mosquitos are abundant, the Zika virus is all the rage.
The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection related to dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. Zika is not airborne or contagious, but there has been at least one confirmed case (as of 2016) of the virus being spread through sexual transmission. Zika can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. Prevention, however, is possible through a combination of common sense and certain mosquito repellents.
Here are some graphics we’ve sourced to help you understand and prevent the Zika virus: