With Zika being transmitted locally within the United States now, everyday citizens and researchers alike are concerned. However, there has been something we could consider good news regarding Zika and the mosquitoes which carry it. Recently, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX have determined which mosquitoes do and do notcarry Zika. With all the uncertainty, in nearly all areas, surrounding Zika, it’s good to know which mosquitoes are potentially carrying Zika and which are not.
While it’s widely known the Aedes aegypti mosquito does in fact carry the Zika virus, it’s recently been determined in a recent article that the Culex mosquito does not carry the virus. The Culex mosquito is most commonly referred to as the house mosquito due to its high prevalence. It’s the mosquito most known for biting at dusk and dawn. This mosquito is so common and it is one of the few mosquitoes in the world which actually thrives when there is little water for breeding.
It’s quite interesting to note there’s also testing being conducted on Zika vaccination within monkeys which has proven successful. While it may still be some time before there’s a commercially available vaccine for humans, this latest news is nothing but good. In a recent article by the Associated Press, one doctor describes the vaccine, “The success in monkeys, which involved a traditional vaccine and two more cutting-edge ones, brings us one step closer to a safe and effective Zika vaccine.”
While this is encouraging news, the vaccine is more than likely not going to be ready for launch until the year 2018. This leaves many people in the wind as to when they will see a respite from the constant barrage of mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. It’s always important to remember to practice the T’s of Mosquito Control. When it comes to protecting yourself from Zika, the best method at this point in time is prevention. By reducing your contact with mosquitoes you inevitably reduce your chances of coming into contact with a mosquito which is a carrier of any vector-borne disease.