Mosquito that transmits Zika found in Las Vegas Valley

Faith Castro
June 2, 2017

The focus of the state in its drive to control the spread of mosquitoes and the Zika virus "is protecting the unborn children", according to state Governor Rick Scott.

Jackie Reszetar, director of environmental health for the Southern Nevada Health District, said researchers do not yet know how the three mosquitoes trapped in North Las Vegas got here.

Until now, the Aedes aegypti mosquito has been identified in the neighboring states of California and Arizona, but none of those mosquitoes have tested positive for the Zika virus.

Officials said they were conducting surveillance to determine how extensive the population of the mosquito is in the valley.

A mosquito can become infected with the virus if they bite an infected person.

Reszetar said the mosquitoes aren't a reason for panic, but people should take more caution in keeping their yards clean and eliminating any standing water that mosquitoes require for breeding.

"The ongoing country-wide Zika laboratory based surveillance in India has so far tested 36,613 human samples and 16,571 mosquito samples for the presence of Zika virus".

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The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were spotted by the health district's vector surveillance program, which has been trapping mosquitoes since 2004.

The mosquitoes will be tested for Zika, according to the health district, though no mosquito-borne cases of the illness have been reported in Southern Nevada.

Officials say the disease has not been transmitted by mosquitoes in Maryland. After due process of investigation and verification of the Zika virus disease cases, World Health Organization was notified of all the three Zika virus disease cases on 15th May, 2017, " the ministry said in a statement.

Philip did not say where the babies lived or whether their mothers contracted Zika in Florida or while traveling.

Residents in the area where the insects were found are being provided mosquito-breeding prevention tips, officials said. Residents are urged to report all mosquito activity to the Health District, especially day-biting mosquitoes.

The state government had accordingly planned fever surveillance, vector surveillance and intense vector control activity.

For up-to-date information on Zika and travel recommendations visit the CDC website.

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