Georgia Weather Will Determine The Mosquito Threat

MOSQUITO THREAT INTENSITY DEPENDS ON RAIN

Experts say the threat posed by mosquitoes in Georgia this summer will depend greatly on the weather.

When it’s dry, mosquitoes that carry West Nile develop in storm drains according to University of Georgia entomologist Elmer Gray.

Zika-carrying mosquitoes develop when it’s wet, as well as in containers.

Another factor in the mosquito threat is based on how many people and mosquitoes have the virus in any given area, said Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Skinner said that while he expects a couple of cases of Zika, it’s unlikely the United States will see a widespread transmission.

Georgia has already seen one case of Zika this year, according to the CDC’s website.

The state sees about 10 to 15 cases of West Nile a year.

Categories: Georgia News