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Summer is Here and So are the Mosquitoes: Why Local Vector Control is Key to Combating Zika

Friday, August 4, 2017   (0 Comments)

As temperatures rise well above 50 degrees throughout much of the country, mosquito season is in full swing, meaning many Americans are at a greater risk for mosquito-borne illness. This year’s risk factor is substantially higher with the emergence of the Zika virus (ZIKV), spread mainly through the bite of infected Aedesmosquitoes (i.e., Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These two species, especially Ae. aegypti, are characterized by their preference to remain close to human dwellings, directly increasing the likelihood of ZIKV transmission. The spread of ZIKV poses serious health risks because the virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, potentially causing severe birth defects.


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