New Mexico mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus

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Couple those numbers with the fact that certain mosquitoes transmit West Nile and Zika viruses, and you may want to start getting your house in order to keep their numbers down and your skin unblemished.

The New Mexico Department of Health says it's the first time this season that the mosquito species has been found in that part of the state.

"We're starting to see mosquito activity come back in (the middle) part of the state, so now we're anxious when people come back to Tennessee, if there's mosquitoes, particularly the types that spread Zika virus, that there could be local transmission".

The Zika virus is spread through infected mosquitoes.

West Nile virus (WNV) is also transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito.

On the other hand, the illness Zika causes is usually mild, but the virus can have a profound effect on unborn babies whose mothers are infected during pregnancy. The first case in our county previous year occurred in August.

The Brazilian government has declared the end of the state of emergency related to the Zika virus. Residents traveling overseas this summer should be concerned about Zika transmission, particularly women who are pregnant or trying to conceive, as Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects.

Right now there's no vaccine to prevent Zika. In response, the CDPH is asking California residents to stay safe by using insect repellant containing DEET, avoiding outdoor activities during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, and draining any standing water.

"This is just today's story, I wouldn't be surprised if we found out about other diseases, or if we the current things that we have here resurge - I wouldn't be surprised if we got a lot more cases of West Nile this year". They are aggressive daytime biters, but they can also bite at night.

Thompson said mosquitoes can't be eliminated but said it's important to prevent them from breeding. This will help as mosquitos can breed even in small quantities of water.

Use air conditioning or window and door screens that are in good fix to keep mosquitoes out.

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