Live forecasts issued today by Ascel Bio show an elevated risk of Zika transmission in Key West, the southeastern shore of Louisiana, Atlantic City, and multiple sites in Hawaii.
Ascel’s bio-meteorologists say while there is currently no ongoing transmission of Zika in the continental United States, and infections to date have been imported from Brazil and other countries, mosquitos that carry the disease (including the Aedes aegypti mosquito) breed when weather conditions are right.
Patrick Wedlock, Ascel Bio’s senior forecasting officer said today:
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the most important vector for Zika virus. Our forecasts are updated each day to show where the risks of Aedes aegypti mosquito growth are in the United States. The number of high risk cities is expected to increase. Concerted efforts to reduce the risks from the Aedes aegypti mosquito are recommended for residents and health officials in these areas.
Mr. Wedlock, also stated:
In order for Aedes aegypti mosquitos to actually transmit the disease, they must bite someone who has the disease, and as such, a person harboring the Zika virus must be present and bitten in one of these locations in order for local, mosquito-borne transmission to occur. To date, there have been no such locally transmitted cases of Zika virus in the mainland United States.
One way Americans can prevent Zika from taking hold is for efforts to be made to reduce the risks from the Aedes aegypti mosquito, particularly in the cities we are identifying.
Since 2010, Ascel Bio has provided disease forecasts and outbreak warnings to national defense and other customers. Ascel Bio’s data is available to subscribers through its www.diseasecast.com website, as well as to physicians through the Sermo platform and AccuWeather Storyteller subscribers.
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