Local health officials are capturing and studying mosquitoes in an effort to track whether the type of mosquito capable of carrying the Zika virus has made its way into the Dayton area.
While there have been a handful of travel-related infections in the United States, there have not been any confirmed “locally acquired mosquito-borne cases” in the country, according to the Center for Disease Control.
But the little biters get active mid-summer and health officials are focusing tracking efforts around illegal dumping sites and low-income neighborhoods where stagnant pools of water would give virus-carrying mosquitoes a place to thrive. The types of mosquito that can carry the Zika virus has not been found locally.
Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County is setting traps and bringing in samples to the laboratory every day to run tests.