“The Summer Campaign” *
As we enter prime mosquito(-trapping) season, please try to enjoy this cartoon from 1873 and know that our ancestors dealt with these pesky creatures just as we must. Luckily for us — 143 years in the future — we have DynaTrap technology! As the 4th of July and other such summer events come speeding at us as fast as the Aedes aegypti, we must be vigilant in protecting our cookouts, our pools, our picnics…
It’s been just over a month since our first Zika post, but unfortunately the virus making global headlines is doing anything but letting up. In today’s Zika Rundown we offer summaries and links to five articles that run the gamut of the matter at hand, from medical and political updates to public knowledge studies and historical insights.
By now you’ve all heard about Zika virus – the newest vector-borne illness traversing the globe – as well as its implications and its locations (if you need a quick catch-up, see our roundup of recommended articles down below). And though its effects and potential are daunting, there are a number of precautionary measures you can take to have the best chance at avoiding its wrath. This includes avoiding areas where it’s prominent (i.e. many places throughout Central America and South America); and fortunately for travelers, the CDC offers a useful, up-to-date resource focused on countries known to be effected by Zika, which can be found here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.