A mosquito was found in a county in Nebraska spreading diseases such as the Zika virus, yellow fever, dengue fever, and chikungunya.
The Nebraska Department of Health (DHHS) and the Four Corners Health Department announced in a statement on Tuesday that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were identified in York County. The discovery marks the first time that these mosquitoes – which are typically found in tropical climates – were found in the state mosquitoes were found during routine mosquito surveillance. This is done to determine how many West Nile mosquitoes are in the state. But sometimes "mosquito traps deliver unexpected results with potential public health implications," the press release said.
Although Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes are known to spread the Zika virus and other diseases, "the transmission of these pathogens would require that a person who is currently infected with such a disease report an Aedes Aegypti mosquito is bitten and then this mosquito bites another uninfected person, "Dr. Tom Safranek, a state epidemiologist of the DHHS, in a statement.
This means that the risk of infection is low and "also depends on the presence or arrival of an infected person in the area".
"This discovery highlights" Safranek added that our mosquito repellent system is vital ". MASSACHUSETTS GIRL, 5, TREATED DEATH EEE VIRUS, IN CRITICAL CONDITION: REPORT
Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, which normally bite people during the day, are only about 500 feet in the distance, according to health authorities. Although it is currently not clear how they came into the state, Safranek told Live Well Nebraska that the insects may have arrived as eggs, possibly in used tires, bird baths, buckets or pool covers – water standing there as a breeding ground for them Insects can serve. Other preventive measures include covering the skin with long-sleeved pants and outdoor shirts and proper use of the DEET insect repellent.