Interactive Map Shows Several Florida Counties With High Zika Risk

March 28, 2017

Temperatures are rising as we edge closer to summer and threat of misquotes spreading the Zika virus once again will be a big concern, especially for parents-to-be in Alachua, Columbia, Dixie and Union counties.  A new interactive map from St. Louis University shows the areas of highest risk of Zika transmission moving into the Mississippi delta region of the United States as well as the eastern seaboard.  The study places Alachua County in the 70% risk of transmission category, with Dixie, Columbia and Union counties at 100%.  The risk percentages were based on the presence of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the number of women of child-bearing age and an estimate of birth rates for each county. Although it sounds like a doomsday scenario, the author of the map says the alarm shouldn't spark panic, rather it be used to create further awareness to protect yourself from mosquitos and to control mosquito populations.  Avoiding outdoors at dusk and dawn, covering exposed skin and using a DEET mosquito-repelling spray can reduce the risk of Zika infection for both men and women.  The CDC recommends Zika testing for parents of expecting children.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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