Zika, Heartworms and Your Pets


>>WELCOME BACK. NEARLY EVERYONE HEADING OUTDOORS THESE DAYS HAS ONE THING ON THEIR MIND, ZIKA. A DANGEROUS DISEASE FOR ANY ANYONE INFECTED FROM THE BITE OF A MOSQUITO.>>DID YOU KNOW, THIS SAME MOSQUITO MIGHT ALSO CARRY HEARTWORM, WHICH CAN BE DEADLY FOR YOUR FAMILY PET? WE ARE JOINED NOW BY DR. BOB WIRTZ, RETIRED CHIEF OF ENTOMOLOGY AT THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, AND VETERINARIAN AND PAST PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN HEARTWORM SOCIETY, DR. TOM NELSON. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WE WANT TO START WITH HOW PEOPLE CAN PROTECT THEIR PETS AGAINST THE ZIKA VIRUS.>>WELL, PETS DO NOT REALLY GET THE ZIKA VIRUS. ONLY HUMAN BEINGS CAN GET THE ZIKA VIRUS. THE WAY WE PROTECT OURSELVES IS TO LIMIT CONTACT WITH MOSQUITOES. STAY IN WELL SCREENED HOUSES, AIR-CONDITIONED ROOMS. WE WANT TO LIMIT THE SKIED A POPULATION IN THE AREA, BY REMOVING STANDING WATER. FOR OUR PERSONAL PROTECTION, WE WOULD USE AN EVA APPROVED — EPA APPROVED REPELLENT ON OUR SKIN. WHERE LONG SLEEVES — WEAR CLOTHING WITH LONG SLEEVES. SINCE THE ZIKA VIRUS CAN BE CONTRACTED SEXUALLY, YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO HAVE ANY UNPROTECTED SEX WITH SOMEONE THAT HAS BEEN TO AN AREA THAT MAY HAVE THE ZIKA VIRUS.>>DO WE KNOW HOW LONG THE VIRUS STAYS IN THE HUMAN BODY? HOW LONG SHOULD WOMEN WAIT BEFORE TRYING TO GET PREGNANT?>>THIS IS REALLY A CONTROVERSIAL AREA. RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DETECT THE ZIKA VIRUS IN LOVE AND SEAMEN — BLOOD, URINE AND SEMEN. IF THERE IS ANY QUESTION THAT A WOMAN MIGHT HAVE IT, THEY SHOULD GO AHEAD AND CONTACT THEIR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL. THEY CAN GET SPECIFIC DEVICE FROM THEM — ADVICE FROM THEM.>>WE WANT TO TALK TO DR. NELSON ABOUT THE SPREAD OF HEARTWORM THROUGH MOSQUITOES. WHY IS THIS SUCH A BIG ISSUE TO SHARE?>>IT IS A BIG ISSUE EVERY YEAR. THE SAME MOSQUITO THAT CAN TRANSMIT THE ZIKA VIRUS CAN TRANSMIT HEARTWORM. HEARTWORM IS FOUND IN ALL 50 STATES OF THE UNITED STATES. OF THE LAST 40-50 YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN EIGHT WESTERN MIGRATION, WHERE CALIFORNIA IS THE NUMBER 10 STATE FOR HEARTWORM. ARIZONA IS ALSO A HOTSPOT.>>WHAT ARE SOME SYMPTOMS PET OWNERS SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR?>>IF A DOG IS INFECTED WITH HEARTWORM, THEY MAY NOT SHOW ANY SYMPTOMS FOR THE FIRST FEW YEARS. AS THE DISEASE ADVANCES, YOU MIGHT SEE SOME COUGHING AND A SWOLLEN HEART — CHEST AREA.>>DO YOU ANTICIPATE SOME KIND OF A TREATMENT, A SHOT OR PILL, TO HELP DO WITH ZIKA — DEAL WITH CIGA — ZIKA?>>MANY PLACES ACROSS THE WORLD ARE WORKING ON A VACCINE, AS WELL AS TRYING TO CREATE DRUG’S TO DO WITH THE VIRUS. — DEAL WITH THE VIRUS. WE NEED TO FOCUS ON MOSQUITO CONTROL AND PERSONAL PROTECTION.

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