ZIKA Virus & Your Pets 5/19/16

Posted at 12:03 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 12:03:47-04

There has been a tremendous amount of media coverage recently about the Zika virus disease, how it causes birth deformities and how it is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The Zika virus is a serious national health issue that began in South America but is rapidly spreading throughout the United States. What few people realize, however, is that the same mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus also cause heartworms that cause serious heart worms for pets. Now, just in time for mosquito season, we have two of the nation’s top experts to discuss the Zika virus and a groundbreaking NEWstudy that highlights the need to change the approach in fighting the rising incidence ofheartworm infection in dogs. It’s important that everyone of us learn about the dangers of the Aedes mosquito which carries both the Zika Virus and heartworms which can be deadly for your pets. Discover how Ceva Animal Health’s Increased Support to the Society Double Defense Campaign Continues to Spread the Word: Fight the vector and the heartworm.


You will be speaking with two of the top experts in the nation on this topic. Robert A. Wirtz, PhD., is the retired Chief of Entomology at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and one of the world’s leading experts on insect-transmitted diseases, especially mosquitoes. Dr. Charles Thomas, DVM. Is the Past President of the American Heartworm Society and an expert on the serious problems resulting from heartworms.