Who is at most risk for contracting Zika in the U.S.? NASA scientists worked with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to create a map to help public health officials better understand the Zika virus to limit the spread of the disease and identify resources to fight it. The female Aedes aegypti mosquito is being targeted as the carrier, a mosquito who is also responsible for the spread of other dangerous diseases such as dengue and Yellow Fever.
The map focuses on 50 cities within and near the range of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. These cities were chosen because for at least part of the year, they’re meteorologically suitable for these deadly mosquitoes.
— NASA (@NASA) April 27, 2016
The states and cities with the highest risk include:
- Florida: Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee
- Georgia: Savannah
- South Carolina: Charleston
- Alabama: Mobile
- Louisiana: New Orleans
States and cities with moderate risk can be found along the eastern coastline and the central U.S. including:
Mosquito populations are highest in the summer, especially in July and August. This is also a popular time for people to travel to countries under Zika travel advisories and then return to the U.S.
Researchers looked at key factors such as, temperature, rainfall and socioeconomic factors, which contribute to the spread of the Zika virus to understand when and where outbreaks could occur. Higher poverty rates correlates to a lack of preventative measures, such as air conditioning and screen windows, which can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the Zika virus.
One of the best ways to combat this virus is with knowledge. Rentokil has done the research for you by collecting key facts and information on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus.
Professional mosquito control is another effective way to protect your property from mosquitoes. Rentokil pest control technicians provide solutions and advice to reduce the likelihood of contracting mosquito-borne illness.