To try to avoid mosquito bites, scientists and public health professionals urge people to stay indoors or wear long-sleeve shirts and trousers if they're outdoors, especially during the day, when mosquitoes that might transmit the Zika virus are more likely to bite.
Now comes the disturbing news that a second type of mosquito common in Florida, the Aedes albopictus, also can carry Zika.
The Zika virus infects humans through mosquito bites, and its effects in pregnant women are the most damaging one. They found five of them positive for Zika RNA, Smartt said. Regional Office in Europe published a Zika risk assessment statement identifying the potential spread of Zika throughout the "European Region", and concluded that the A. albopictus, more widely known as the Asian Tiger Mosquito that is native to Southeast Asia, is potentially one of the two primary vectors of the Zika virus.
The Aedes albopictus' habitat extends to ME and Minnesota, farther north into the United States than the Aedes aegypti's range.
Bush and other public health officials say they aren't shocked by the findings.
The latest research won't affect the health district's efforts to fight Zika, he said.
Representatives from the Bay County Health Department said they are available to answer any questions about the virus. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. "Regardless of whether it's an aegypti or an albopictus, the solution is the same". Local transmissions have been limited to South Florida. After spreading quickly in Latin America and the Caribbean, Zika arrived in Florida past year.
The CDC is not reporting information on how many babies in Puerto Rico have been affected by Zika, saying the island is using a different criteria than it does. That includes 185 locally transmitted mosquito-borne cases in Florida, plus 38 cases in Florida believed to be the result of sexual transmission.
The disease, which spreads through mosquitoes, can cause fever-like symptoms and birth defects through pregnant women.
"All of these cases were related to travel, and there is now no risk for contracting Zika from infected mosquitoes in Santa Barbara County", she added.