Summer means increase in mosquitoes; CDC urging clinics to test for Zika, dengue fever

From Action News JAX
June 14, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The start of summer comes with an increase in mosquito activity, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging clinics to test for both Zika and dengue fever in patients with certain symptoms. 

Randy Wishard is the chief of mosquito control in Duval County and tests mosquitoes. 

“We do anticipate an upscale or an upswing in the next couple weeks,” Wishard said.

Hot temperatures and humidity are the perfect mix for mosquitoes.

The CDC is urging clinicians to test patients for Zika and dengue fever if a patient shows signs of a rash, fever, and muscle and joint pain. 

Both diseases can be transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

“We need to know what species they are for the environments that they may live in or grow in,” Wishard said.

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