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Calder Center Tracking Mosquito that can Transmit Zika Virus


via News 12 Westchester:

YONKERS – A new mosquito that can cause Zika is raising concern Friday in the Hudson Valley.

Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center in Armonk has been tracking the Asian Tiger Mosquito that can transmit the Zika virus.

“It came to the U.S. in the tire trade in Texas and since 2005 we have had it here in Westchester County,” Fordham University’s Dr. Thomas Daniels says.

He says his team has been setting up traps to catch adult mosquitos and sample their larvae.

“The Asian Tiger Mosquito is a container breeder,” Dr. Daniels says. “It can breed in flower pots, buckets, pools, anything that allows standing water to be sitting for a while.”

Dr. Daniels says to use repellents and dump any containers that hold water in order to protect yourself. Doctors have not found any Zika in the mosquitos that were tested.

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