There is currently a ZIKV outbreak affecting multiple countries, including counties and territories within Americas. As of February 17th 2016, the CDC has not reported any locally transmitted cases in the continental United States, but cases have been reported in returning travelers.
In addition, locally transmitted Zika virus has been reported in US Territories (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and America Samoa).
At this time, neither surface disinfectants nor UV disinfection technology are thought to play a role in stopping the spread of the virus, and Zika is not available for surface disinfectant efficacy testing in the United States. Clorox Professional Products will continue to monitor transmission pathways of the Zika virus and inform customers of any relevant product solutions. Below we have provided a brief overview of Zika from the CDC and WHO:
- The Zika virus disease is primarily transmitted by the Aedes genus of mosquitos, and symptoms are usually mild. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms typically begin 2 to 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
- Other potential transmission paths include mother-to-child and sexual transmission, but the WHO and CDC are still validating this information. To learn more, visit the CDC page for Healthcare providers: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/hc-providers/index.html
- Zika virus is not spread through the air or via contact with surfaces. While environmental hygiene is an important component of an overall infection prevention program, it is does not currently play a role in preventing Zika.
- No FDA-approved vaccine or medicines (e.g. antiviral drugs) are available to prevent Zika virus at this time. The CDC states that the prevention of mosquito bites is the primary way to avoid Zika. Standard supportive regimens once symptoms arise include: getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids, and taking medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®). Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen or naproxen.
For more details and updated information on Zika virus, please visit websites for the CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/) and the WHO (http://www.wpro.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs_05182015_zika/en/)
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