Summer means increase in mosquitoes; CDC urging clinics to test for Zika, dengue fever

CDC urging zika, dengue fever tests for certain symptoms

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The start of summer comes with an increase in mosquito activity, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging clinics to test for both Zika and dengue fever in patients with certain symptoms.

Randy Wishard is the chief of mosquito control in Duval County and tests mosquitoes.

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"We do anticipate an upscale or an upswing in the next couple weeks," Wishard said.

Hot temperatures and humidity are the perfect mix for mosquitoes.

The CDC is urging clinicians to test patients for Zika and dengue fever if a patient shows signs of a rash, fever, and muscle and joint pain.

Both diseases can be transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

"We need to know what species they are for the environments that they may live in or grow in," Wishard said.

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While the Zika virus was top of mind for people several years ago, there is no longer a major threat, but Wishard says people shouldn't let their guard down.

"Because that's when it'll pick back up. They really need to protect themselves."

The easiest way to stop mosquitoes is by making sure you're home is not a breeding ground. Click HERE for more information on mosquito prevention from the CDC.