Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Latest: When Rains End, Officials Will Target Mosquitoes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Latest: When Rains End, Officials Will Target Mosquitoes

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MIAMI * All the rain soaking parts of Florida could create breeding sites for mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.

Mosquito control officials are urging residents to drain anything that has collected water during heavy rainfall this week. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes breed in containers of stagnant water, including items as small as bottle caps.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently lifted travel warnings about potential Zika risks in Miami-Dade County, where mosquitoes spread the virus last year.

To keep those risks low, Miami-Dade County Mosquito Surveillance Manager Chalmers Vasquez advises residents to regularly drain standing water from garbage cans, gutters, pool covers, flowerpots, toys and other items that catch rainwater. …

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