August 13, 2016: Collier County, Florida, Residents Concerned Flooding Could Attract Zika Mosquitoes
This update from Naples, Florida. “Collier County residents are worried standing water in their neighborhood could breed Zika-carrying mosquitoes.
“More than 350 cases have been confirmed in Florida. Most of them were travel-related, but the origin of two cases are undetermined.
“Residents in Naples Park tell us they’re dealing with puddles in front of their homes every day when it rains. Some are concerned this could help spread Zika.
“’It looks pretty wet,’ said Joe Agnoli, Naples Park resident.
“’It would look like people have moats around their houses,’ said Richard Lavariere, Naples Park resident.
“Besides being an inconvenience, Lavariere is concerned the water may attract mosquitoes to the neighborhood.
“’With Zika being such a present concern, this worries me that we have an outbreak — especially with so many people coming back from the Olympics next month in Brazil,’ said Lavariere.
“"Patrick Linn":http://www.cmcd.org/the-district/cmcd-director/ with the Collier County Mosquito Control said the mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus breed in small dark containers near people’s homes.
Mosquito Control really wants to hammer home prevention tactics. They said if you have anything in your yard collecting water – birdbaths, tires, even plants – it’s important you constantly wash them out so mosquitoes that can carry Zika don’t breed.