May 5, 2016
During an industry forum on May 4, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted representatives from the Center of Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), who are seeking assistance from fenestration experts in combating the Zika Virus in Puerto Rico. Industry representatives suggested products and generated ideas to screen windows and doors in Puerto Rican homes in order to reduce exposure to mosquitoes - carriers of the untreatable Zika Virus. This urgent public safety issue was discussed in a forum hosted by AAMA, to help generate possible solutions.
The CDC has specifically worked in the territory testing ways to mosquito proof homes of pregnant women (who are at especially high risk of birth defects if infected). Unfortunately, a pilot program that provided window screening "Do-it-Yourself" kits for installation on existing homes was met with little success. The top three challenges faced included:
For those who were unable to attend the industry forum, suggestions may be sent directly to the CDC at email@example.com.
For more information about AAMA and its activities, visit the AAMA Media Relations page or the AAMA website, www.aamanet.org.
About Zika Virus
Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus. Symptoms are usually mild, however Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Zika is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are:
There are no vaccines or medications to prevent or treat Zika. Efforts to prevent mosquito bites are key to helping prevent the spread of Zika. CDC's Zika prevention efforts in Puerto Rico include working to keep mosquitoes out of pregnant women's homes. The CDC is seeking a coordinated effort of public and private organizations and individuals coming together to help solve this epidemic.
More information on Zika is available on CDC's website at www.cdc.gov/zika/.
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