The Aedes aegypti, which is the mosquito that transmits the Zika virus, is not usually found within northern parts of the United States. Experts are now saying that this dreaded mosquito will soon be found there, and in growing concentrations throughout the entire United States.
Present and Future of Zika in the Americas
Scientists continue to study this growing epidemic and its effects. Zika is spread mostly by mosquitoes. It has presently caused over 1,500 cases of birth defects in Latin America, and that number is spreading quickly to the United States. The largest concentration of the Zika virus is currently in Puerto Rico.
Said Dr. Erin Staples of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “We’re learning something new about Zika every day.”
An elderly man recently died in Utah of the Zika virus. Scientists have been working to find Aedes aegypti mosquitoes throughout Salt Lake County, which is where the man died. So far, the Aedes aegypti has not been found at all within Utah. The man did come in contact with a family member who had caught the virus while travelling, though scientists only know the virus to be spread via transmission of fluids.
Prevent the Spread of Zika in Atlanta and Charleston
The best way to prevent the spread of Zika, or any mosquito-transmitted disease, is by effective mosquito control. Tuxedo Mosquito Spraying Services in Atlanta and Charleston can help you prevent the spread of Zika in your neighborhood. Contact us today for more information.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/19/health/utah-zika-case.html?_r=0