Members of the Solano County Sheriff’s department walk in front of the Vacaville Fire Station next to the UC Davis Medical Center, in Vacaville, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. A UC Davis Health official said patients infected with a mysterious virus in Solano County contracted the illness while they were at an airport. A woman and a couple who live near one of the patients are receiving genetic testing for Zika as the six people confirmed cases bring the number in Solano County to 10. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Residents in an area where two people contracted a mysterious virus in Solano County on Feb. 20 are worried and worried some more. Those who live in a six-mile stretch between where the couple were diagnosed with the virus and where the woman and her baby were hospitalized over the weekend at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento would like to know if they, too, might come down with Zika or any of the five other viruses that are on the state’s list of 21 nongeneric diseases.
A flurry of press releases were sent out by the California Department of Public Health and local health departments on Monday, both of which said that all of the people who tested positive for Zika or Dengue Fever had traveled to areas with Zika outbreaks such as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The fact that the couple were both at the airport at the same time and perhaps one of them’s index fever has confused local residents. Many people who live in the region have had direct family members who have contracted Zika, but have never heard of it.
Some might want to thank nature for bringing the virus to Solano County, but others are afraid. There are two local companies in the area called either Emergency Zooz or Unorganized Animal Feed & Feeder. One offers high-quality, not flea and tick-contaminated feed that is used to rear chickens that are sold nationwide, and the other serves local feral cats. One of the local veterinarians who treated the woman in her home can’t remember another case of a person being infected with Zika in the United States.
According to Mary Loza, an animal control supervisor in Solano County, it’s possible to work with feral cats to keep them healthy. She said the work that’s being done in the area is pretty much done for a Zika virus infection, as it can be done in the course of the day if the vector (the mosquito in the case of mosquitos) stays at home. As far as mosquitoes breeding in water?
“Probably not,” she said. “They’re feeding on pine trees.”
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