Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes Found in More Areas of the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an increase in the number of counties in the southern United States reporting the presence of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus and other diseases. In addition to Zika, these mosquitoes also transmit chikungunya and dengue.
The CDC data, which was published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, is based on information collected in the fall of 2016. The report indicates 38 new counties with Aedes aegypti activity and 127 new counties with Aedes albopictus activity. Compared to the data collected in the spring of 2016, this indicates a 21 percent and 10 percent increase, respectively.
The findings emphasize the need for continued and improved mosquito surveillance by state and local health officials in these areas, says the CDC. You can find out if you live in an area where there are Zika-infected mosquitoes on the CDC website, which also offers Zika-prevention tips.