The threat of Zika virus spreading to our state is growing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that a breed of mosquito known to carry the mysterious virus is expected to make its way to Massachusetts.
Experts are alerting people as new information about the disease unfolds.
The Zika virus could now become a concern for Massachusetts residents as researchers continue to work to understand the illness.
"We're learning day by day," said Dr. Daniel Skiest at Baystate Medical Center. Zika is a puzzling virus could soon be brought to our state by a mosquito.
While they aren't here yet, these mosquitoes have already been found in the southern United States.
There are two mosquitoes known to carry the virus. One of the two is expected to reach as far north as Maine.
With mounting pressures to find a treatment for Zika, experts are working tirelessly to unlock the mysteries that surround this illness.
Women who are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy are urged to postpone travel plans to areas where the Zika virus is known to be spreading.
The virus is linked to serious birth defects and a rare condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which causes temporary paralysis.
All people have to do is to remember to take the proper precautions. Wearing insect repellent and avoiding exposure to mosquitoes are good first steps.
"As we learn more, we'll learn more on how to avoid it," Skiest added.
There are seven known travel-related cases of Zika in Massachusetts. For more information on protecting your yard from mosquitoes, contact EHS Pest Control.