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Louisiana floods not expected to raise Zika risk

5 months 5 days 20 hours ago August 17, 2016 Aug 17, 2016 Wednesday, August 17 2016 August 17, 2016 6:45 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - Federal officials tracking the mosquito-borne Zika virus say they aren't expecting an increased risk in flood-ravaged south Louisiana.

Flooding and storms often boost the mosquito population. But Dr. Ben Beard with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that those aren't the mosquito types that transmit viruses like Zika.

Beard says flooding "can actually make the risk of Zika go down for now," because the two mosquito species that transmit the virus typically live in containers around houses, like bird baths and plant coasters. Those containers get washed out with severe storms and the mosquitoes get swept away with them.

The CDC says it continues to closely monitor the situation with state and local health officials.

Babies born to women infected with Zika can have severe birth defects.

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