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Are you in a risk zone? Aedes species are not everywhere. There are two species, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus that are capable of vectoring, or transmitting, the Zika virus. Currently, only Aedes aegypti are transmitting Zika. However mosquito control porgrams are taking the more prepared approach and focusting on Aedes albopictus as well, as is recommended by the CDC.
Presence risks vary by area. Two points: The percentage of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the total mosquito population varies by region. In general, the farther north you go, the lesser the perentage. This is illustrated on the map below.
Also, because Aedes aegypti have a very short flight range (on average, 1/8 of a mile), concentrations can vary significantly within a community or metropolitan area. The denser concentration of single family homes, the greater possibility for Aedes aegypti - more people means they don't have to go far for blood meals.
Humans are reservoirs and can transmit Zika. This bears repeating. With all other mosquito borne viruses humans were ‘dead end’ hosts, if infected, we could not transmit the virus. Not the case with Zika. If infected with Zika, people can transmit Zika four ways:
What makes Aedes different?
Be Zika free, check every three.
Every three days, residents should check their yards for potential breeding sites.
Tip and toss water found in:
|Remove trash or junk from yard that can hold water:
|Check gutters and drain tubes (especially ridged tubing)
Treat rain barrels with a larvicide from hardware store or nursery