AZUZ: The Zika virus, which can cause birth defects in the unborn babies of pregnant women, is spreading in Brazil and throughout South and Central America. It`s mainly transmitted by bites from certain types of mosquitoes. And as the weather and the mosquito season heat up, health officials are concerned the virus could make an impact in the U.S. They`ve been recommending wearing long sleeves and pants and using insect repellant whenever we go outside.
And there are some extra steps we can take just outside our doorsteps.
SUBTITLE: For many, a mosquito bite is just a bump or an itch.
But with Zika and West Nile, a mosquito bite is a much bigger deal.
If you can break the life cycle of the mosquito, you can reduce the mosquito population.
Protecting your home from mosquitoes.
CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST:
Mosquitoes grow in water. That`s how they hatched. Female mosquito puts the eggs in the water and three to seven days later, after
a number of changes, a real mosquito flies out to bite you.
If you get rid of the water, you get rid of the mosquitoes, you get rid of the next batch, the next hatch of mosquitoes. So, look for bottle caps or solo cups, or bird baths, or dog dishes or kiddie pools, old tires in your yard, even English ivy can make its own problems with its little cap of water that it holds. If it holds if long enough, it can be a breeding ground for more mosquitoes.
So, if you eliminate the water, you eliminate the hatch, you break the cycle and you reduce the population of mosquitoes in your area.
AZUZ: One thing you`ll notice about this hiker in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the odd shape of the backpack. You could fit a pizza in there — and they did. This was a publicity stunt that won Pizza Hut the Guinness World Record for highest elevation pizza delivery, 19,347 feet up.
Pizza Hut says it used an airplane, a motor vehicle and a relay of professional hikers to deliver the pizza. It took three days. And even with a battery heated backpack, we`re not sure how fresh the pepperoni and extra cheese pie tasted.
In terms of flavor, it might not have mountain too much. But
in terms of experience, it was at the summit. We just hope they tip the driver and the pilot and the hikers, because after that mountain of effort, a little extra dough is always in good taste.
I`m Carl Azuz and we`ll deliver more news and puns tomorrow.