ZIKA is Here.

Is Your Community Prepared?

ZIKA is Here.

Is Your Community Prepared?

PODCAST: Location Based Real Time Data Drives Zika Strategy with Kevin Stewart

Kevin Stewart, Managing Partner State and Local Government, GISinc. talks about technology that is in place in cities and states to track and control vector borne diseases like the Zika virus, how important citizen engagement is for reporting problems, and value of maps for raising awareness and educating populations at risk.

The number of Zika cases reported in the Unites States is increasing. The Gulf Coast region is forecasted to be one of the highest risk U.S. regions for localized transmission. The opportunity to implement location-based tools for proactive mosquito surveillance and control is here.

With 25 years of extensive experience in the geospatial industry, GISinc is a renowned leader in providing solutions to solving complex problems for organizations worldwide. Utilizing our expertise in location technology, GISinc has exclusively partnered with Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, a global expert in infectious disease control, to develop a comprehensive surveillance and control solution for Zika and other vector-borne disease outbreaks.
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Through our partnership with Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, our team will come on-site to carefully examine and analyze your organization’s vector-borne disease control workflows to ensure your community is prepared.

Outbreak Surveillance & Control (OSC) Applications

OSC - Outbreak, Surveillance & Control
The Outbreak Surveillance and Control (OSC) solution from GISinc delivers location technology to support your mosquito surveillance and control. This powerful, web/mobile solution empowers organizations with location-based decision making. Location technology solutions delivered to help you engage citizens, streamline field operations, conduct surveillance on mosquito populations, plan and record treatment operations, and provide the public with easy-to-understand real-time insight on disease risk and mitigation in their community.

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Monitoring & Surveillance

OSC enables workers and the public to catalog service requests by certain risks factors such as standing water, neglected swimming pools, or mosquito complaints.

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Control & Testing

Record the date, details, and locations of your mosquito control efforts while analyzing what controls are working and where.

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Outreach & Education

OSC provides a means for community outreach and education regarding vector borne disease in the area. Local governments can use the solution to alleviate public concern and provide vital health resources to citizens.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Zika?

    Zika is an infection caused by the Zika virus and people may have symptoms of fever, rash, joint pain, muscle pain, headache, and conjunctivitis (red eyes) lasting up to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Coughing is not a symptom of Zika virus infection. If you are infected with the Zika virus, you may or may not experience symptoms of infection. Zika virus infection can cause complications in pregnant women including miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature birth, and birth defects in babies and other neurologic conditions in children and adults.

  • How is the Zika virus spead?

    Zika virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, and it can also spread when a man infected with the Zika virus has unprotected sex (does not wear a condom) with his partner through his semen.

  • Can Zika harm babies?

    As the Zika virus spreads, the threat to unborn children is very real. In some pregnant women infected by Zika after being bitten by an infected mosquito or infected by a man carrying the Zika virus in his semen, the Zika virus can disrupt the normal development of the fetus, causing babies to be born with abnormally small heads due to the brain not growing as it should. This condition is called microcephaly. In addition to microcephaly, other problems have been detected among babies infected with Zika virus before birth, such as eye defects, hearing loss, and impaired growth.

  • What mosquitoes spread the Zika virus?

    Zika virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Aedes mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and bite both indoors and outdoors. They can also bite at night. The mosquitoes can be identified by the white stripes on their bodies and legs.

  • Is there a vaccine for Zika virus?

    There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus disease and there are no specific medicines for Zika virus disease. If you have symptoms then you need to see a Doctor, rest and drink plenty of fluids.

  • How long should couples wait to get pregnant after a Zika virus infection?

    CDC recommends that women wait at least 8 weeks after their symptoms first appeared before trying to get pregnant, and men wait at least 6 months after their symptoms first appeared before trying to get their partner pregnant.

    For couples considering getting pregnant, where both male and female have not had symptoms of Zika virus, but who had possible exposure to Zika from recent travel or sexual contact, they should wait at least 8 weeks after the last possible exposure before trying to get pregnant.

    If you are living or returning from areas where transmission of Zika virus is known to occur, it is strongly recommended that women wait at least 8 weeks before trying to get pregnant, and men wait 6 months after having symptoms of Zika before trying to get their partner pregnant.

    Sexual partners of pregnant women, living in or returning from areas where local transmission of Zika virus is known to occur, should wear a condom or have no form of sexual activity for at least the whole duration of the pregnancy.

  • Where and when will Zika virus be a threat?

    The mosquitos that can spread Zika virus live in tropical, subtropical, and in some temperate climates, and they are more likely to live around and in homes or buildings than in the woods.

    The Zika virus will become a bigger risk in the U.S. as temperatures and mosquito numbers go up in certain states.

  • How would an outbreak occur in the United States?

    For Zika to cause an outbreak in the United States, all of the following must happen:

    • People infected with the Zika virus enter the United States.
    • An Aedes mosquito in the United States bites the infected person during the period of time when the virus can be found in the person’s blood, typically only through the first week of infection.
    • The infected mosquito lives long enough for the virus to multiply and for the mosquito to bite another person.
    • The cycle continues multiple times to start an outbreak.
  • What are the best ways to prevent Zika virus infection from mosquito bites and sexual transmission?

    Cover and repel: Protect your body by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants and by using EPA-registered insect repellent on exposed skin every day. Put on your sunscreen first then put on your insect repellent.

    Clean and screen: Protect your home and community by regularly dumping standing water, cleaning out places mosquitoes like to breed, and using screens and air conditioning to keep mosquitoes out.

    Condoms or abstain: Men—protect your partner by using a condom every time you have sex. Otherwise, do not have sex during pregnancy if you think you could have had a Zika virus infection.

  • What is the GISinc Outbreak Surveillance and Solution program doing to help prevent Zika?

    GISinc is providing assistance to anyone using location-based technology such as GPS, GIS, and mapping to prevent and control Zika virus in the US by helping:

    • Integrated mosquito vector management strategies and personal protection activities that effectively reduce mosquito density and prevent mosquitoes from feeding on infected people are required to break the Zika virus transmission cycle.
    • Monitor the populations of mosquitoes.
    • Implement larval surveillance programs to determine the number, type, and distribution of containers producing Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus.
    • Communication with local and state health departments to share epidemiological and ecological data and to obtain information about travel-related or locally transmitted chikungunya, dengue, or Zika virus disease cases in their area.
    • Reduce mosquito densities by removing larval habitats. Containers are ideal larval habitats. Remove discarded, unused, and unmaintained containers through community involvement programs or by vector control personnel.
    • If removing larval habitats is not feasible, the assist applying biological or chemical larvicides to potential larval habitats.
    • Rapidly identify Zika case residences or areas of local transmission so that action can be taken to reduce the likelihood of mosquitoes feeding on infectious people.
    • Monitor for pesticide resistance to ensure that mosquito control measures are effective.
  • Is the Outbreak Surveillance & Control (OSC) Solution limited to Zika virus?

    While there is an urgent need for quick response to the Zika virus threat, the OSC solution is a good way to increase prevention, response, and mitigation of all vector-borne disease. Effective vector control starts with source reduction and analysis. Ensure you have the tools to reduce the outbreak, exposure, and spread of mosquito vector-borne diseases such as Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, and West Nile Virus.

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