Yellow Fever Outbreak in Congo Threatens to Spread

Yellow Fever Outbreak in Congo Threatens to Spread

According to the World Health Organization, a total of 151 suspected cases of Yellow Fever have now been reported in Angola to be connected to the previous outbreak in the Congo. Yellow Fever is transmitted by two types of mosquitoes, one of which is responsible for the Zika virus that has been spreading throughout the U.S. The Yellow fever virus can be transmitted when a mosquito bites an infected monkey, then bites a human. Symptoms include fever, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite. It is frequently confused with malaria or other mosquito-borne illnesses.

Symptoms of Yellow FeverThe critical difference between Yellow Fever and other viruses is that there is currently no treatment, and a small percentage of the patients who contract Yellow Fever move into a second phase that includes jaundice, hemorraging and bleeding from the eyes, nose and mouth and at least half of these patients die within 10-14 days.

Keeping mosquitoes under control in your outside residential living areas, kennels, greenhouses, barns and other outdoor spaces will be critical moving forward as viruses such as Yellow Fever and Zika move across the world and into regions of the U.S. Shoo-fly® insecticides are safe enough to use in all of these areas and can even be sprayed directly on clothing for more protection.