Mosquitoes are Back, but Don’t Panic

Zika has been all the buzz around mosquito season, but reports show the numbers are lowering.

Cases of Zika in the U.S. have been dropping since 2016, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Last year there were 432 cases in the U.S. All but five of those were acquired while traveling or through sexual transmission. Only two cases were here in Florida.

“We have comprehensive mosquito control, we have a health department that is on top of these things. We are in a good position here, but we still need to be careful, ” said Eric Jackson with Lee County Mosquito Control.

Despite the drop in numbers, Jackson suggests the public still takes precaution. Florida has the type of mosquito that is capable of carrying the Zika virus. Because of this, Zika will always be a threat, just like other mosquito-spread diseases.

To protect yourself you can dump standing water around your home to avoid growing mosquitoes. You can also wear bug spray when you plan on being outside.

If you would like to track Zika transmissions numbers, the CDC keeps an updated log at www.cdc.gov

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