50 US Cities at Risk of Zika Virus Explosion: Study


The coming warmer summer temperature may just become nasty as Zika Virus is most likely to attack 50 US cities and could be a serious health issue, says study.

A study published in the journal PLOS Current Outbreaks revealed that there is 40-45% of possibility that the temperature would be warmer than average in several parts of United States, raising the possibility of mosquito breeding.  Andrew Monaghan, the lead author of the study said, if this the case, then Zika virus could hit both South and East.

However, temperature above normal conditions will reduce the chances of mosquito-breeding as in the hottest regions of Texas, Arizona, and California.

Researchers assessed the climatic conditions, breeding patterns, travel patterns of people and socio-economic status, according to CW39.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center revealed that with the spring season, the mosquitos would likely to upsurge from low to moderate in southern US regions.

The Advertise reports that by April, the mosquito could reach Southeast US and some parts of Arizona. And by June, the mosquito population will have probably spread across 50 cities.

With the meteorological change, the weather conditions between July and September (summer months) are the most favorable for mosquitoes. Southeast and south Texas are more prone to get affected by increased mosquito population. Moreover, cities in Southern Florida and south Texas have a high probability of getting the Aedes aegypti species.

“Our results can inform baseline risk for local Zika virus transmission in the U.S. and the optimal timing of vector control activities, and underscore the need for enhanced surveillance for Aedes mosquitoes and Aedes-transmitted viruses,” the authors discussed in a report by PLOS.

The US cities most vulnerable to Zika are cities in California like Sacremento, San Diego, Fresno, Bakersfield, and Los Angeles; cities in Arizona like, Yuma, Phoenix, and Tuscon will also be at alarming levels.

Zika virus has encapsulated the Latin America and some parts of Caribbean. Brazil is the most hit among the South American nations.

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