Transmission of Zika Virus in the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been informed by the State of Florida that Zika virus infections in four people were likely caused by bites of local Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.  The cases are likely the first known occurrence of local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in the continental United States.  CDC is closely coordinating with Florida officials who are leading the ongoing investigations, and at the state’s request, sent a CDC medical epidemiologist to provide additional assistance.

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 Zika Cases Reported in the United States (as of March 22, 2017)

State officials have responded rapidly with mosquito control measures and a community-wide search for additional Zika cases.  Under the current situation, there are no plans for limiting travel to the area.

The Zika virus, unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, is relatively unknown and unstudied. That is set to change since Zika, now spreading through Latin America and the Caribbean, has been associated with an alarming rise in babies born in Brazil with abnormally small heads and brain defects — a condition called microcephaly.

35 Transmission of Zika Virus in the United StatesZika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus), but can also be spread during sex by a person infected with Zika to their partner. Most people infected with Zika won’t have symptoms, but for those who do, the illness is usually mild. However, Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and other severe fetal birth defects.


How to protect yourself from mosquito bites?

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Use protective clothing and gear

Weather permitting, wear:

  • Long sleeves
  • Socks and closed-toe shoes
  • Long pants, possibly tucked into the tops of your socks
  • Light colors
  • A hat that protects your ears and neck or one with mosquito netting that covers your face

Use insect repellent

The most effective insect repellents in the United States include one of three active ingredients:

  • DEET
  • Icaridin (also called picaridin)
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (a plant-based compound)

35 Transmission of Zika Virus in the United StatesThese repellents temporarily repel mosquitoes and ticks. DEET may offer longer lasting protection. Whichever product you choose, read the label before you apply it. If you’re using a spray repellent, apply it outdoors and away from food.

Use QM mosquito trap

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QM mosquito trap is attract mosquitoes through one or more of the following methods: the release of CO2, light, heat, release of octenol. Studies confirm that QM mosquito traps do catch mosquitoes effectively.

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MBOX is one of the products of QM, which made specifically with a dark/shiny surface. This has 2 functions; the dark surface keeps the heat generated and is less likely to disperse and with the circular form to mimic a human arm/leg. With the mirrored surface a mosquito can see a similar mosquito (herself) fly to the target and thus confirming that she is not the only one going for this target. Once close enough for a mosquito to tell the difference, it would already be too late. The silent fan will suck the mosquito in and drying her out, this is done without any Toxic or Electric shocks but purely drying out the mosquito. It will take only around 30 to 120 minutes for the MBOX to trap and killing the mosquito. Get more information from