Clark County confirms first case of Zika virus

Often "wearing" a few mosquito bites is normal in August, but with the threat of the Zika virus now on the rise, having a few mosquito bites is more unsafe than ever.

"Each county will send in five different egg strips each week from 32 counties, and when we get them in we will have the eggs from the strips and then begin rearing them as mosquitoes", Presley said.

"What will be challenging is staying vigilant, day to day".

"We are going to anticipate those sales", Lanning said.

As for athletes and patrons who will be making their way back to American soil and may have been bitten, Doerr says that they'll need to avoid being stung by mosquitoes again. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.

"Scientists have been anticipating local cases for some time", said Florent-Carre.

The Port Authority spokeswoman said the agency works with both state health departments as well as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people who catch Zika will have no symptoms. Palm Beach County has 13 cases. There are not any specific medications used to treat the virus, other than those used to relieve symptoms.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced this week that Zika is the definitive cause of birth defects seen in Brazil and other countries affected by the outbreak. Of the 25 cases, two were reported in Shelby County and six were in Jefferson County.

"It's important that we get to that location quickly", he said. Tuesday and Wednesday, mosquito egg traps or "ovitraps" were sent from Texas Tech's mosquito researchers to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension agents to leave in 32 counties around the Panhandle- reaching as far as the Amarillo and Midland areas.

The CDC does not consider Florida's small case cluster as a widespread transmission.

Over the past few months, Broward also has purchased more mosquito control equipment and trained more staff, Ton said.

An Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the bug responsible for spreading Zika and other diseases.

What else should South Floridians know?

Residents are urged to wear insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers, make repairs to window and door screens, use air conditioning and to remove all sources of standing water where mosquitoes may lay eggs.

The greatest risk from Zika is to pregnant women or women who became pregnant while infected. In this way, every sample can be closely monitored and tracked once they are sent to state labs in Tampa and Jacksonville.

In adults, the virus is linked to a form of temporary paralysis called Guillain-Barré syndrome.

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