Peak Mosquito Begins, Efforts Increase to Prevent Zika Outbreak

BROWNSVILLE, Texas -

The height mosquito season begins this month… and that could lead to more than just an uncomfortable bite. The Aedes Aegypti, one of the most common mosquitos to the Rio Grande Valley. They are carriers of Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, and even the Zika Virus.

In Late 2016 the first locally acquired case of Zika took place in Brownsville. A total of six locally acquired zika cases had many on high alert. Now… the city of Brownsville is increasing their efforts.

Starting this week. Local, state, and international partners are going door to door to speak with local residents.

Brownsville’s Health Director Arturo Rodriguez says, “This outreach is very important because we know Zika is transmissible both by mosquito and as a sexually transmitted infection. We’re going out with pamphlets and information packets.”

According to Mexican reports, the number of Zika related cases are increasing. Health officials say the mosquitos do not travel more than 100 yards. It is the individuals that do.  In this region, some may not consider travelling to Mexican communities as long-distance travel, something that could make tracking the origin of the virus difficult.

“We know that in monthly basis Brownsville has more than a million crossings… think of every crossing as a potential case,” says Rodriguez.

Their efforts will continue until August 17. In the near future, Brownsville hopes to cooperate with Florida, another place known to have dealt with Zika, for a new initiative.


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