April 29, 2019
Although no outbreak of illness from the Zika virus has been reported in Florida in recent months, it poses a danger.
Yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes found in the state – and infected with the Zika virus – are good at transmitting the virus, new University of Florida research shows.
In rare cases, the virus can cause paralysis (Guillain-Barré Syndrome) and birth defects.
Researchers at the university’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and across the globe are keeping a close eye on the virus and studying how it is transmitted from mosquitoes to people.
“Despite the absence of current local transmission in Florida, Zika will remain a public health threat for the foreseeable future in the Americas,” said Barry Alto, an associate professor of entomology at the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) in Vero Beach, Florida.
Residents should follow standard precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
(Photo courtesy of UF/IFAS)