Unofficial start of summer leads to warnings about mosquitoes, Zika virus
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – With Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer, approaching, Wake County health officials are warning the public about mosquitoes and the Zika virus.
Experts say that people should take precautions but that they shouldn’t be overly worried about Zika in this area.
Right now there are no known cases of mosquito-transmitted Zika virus in the United States and an N.C. State epidemiologist says our lifestyles help keep us safe.
“We stay inside a lot,” said Dr. Michael Reiskind, an epidemiologist at NC State. “We have air conditioning. We have windows with good screens and are sealed.”
Still, officials are reminding people to use repellents to ward off mosquitoes and other pests.
“This particular mosquito we’re concerned about carrying the Zika virus is your backyard variety,” said Dr. Sue Lynn Ledford, Wake County public health director. “They live around homes. They feed during the day.”
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