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NKY Health Dept begins testing for Zika virus

Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species known to carry Zika


The Zika virus has captured international attention from health officials and residents alike, and it recently made its first appearance in Northern Kentucky after arriving stateside earlier this year.
 
In response, the Northern Kentucky Health Department has announced that it will begin trapping and testing the region’s mosquitoes in an effort to understand and ultimately prevent the illness.
 
So far, all report Zika virus cases in the United States have appeared in individuals who were infected while traveling or contracted it from a person who traveled, but officials are concerned that the virus may eventually be transmitted to mosquitos and, subsequently, to humans in the region.
 
The health department will employ measures similar to those used in the past to monitor West Nile virus, namely, traps that contain dry ice, CO2 and special lights to aid in isolating the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species known to carry Zika.

Read the full River City News article here
 
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