As mosquito season arrives, is the U.S. ready for Zika?

April 1, 2016 6:07 PM

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As mosquito season arrives, is the U.S. ready for Zika?

ATLANTA -- States throughout the south and southwest already are in full springtime mode, with warm and wet days. Those are perfect conditions for the mosquito-borne Zika virus to spread rapidly, but public health officials and experts say resources are lacking for the kind of strong-defense surveillance and prevention needed.

“In a lot of places, it’s one guy in the community who drives a snow plow in the winter and picks up fogger in the summer,” Paul Ettestad of New Mexico’s health department told a standing-room-only Zika summit here Friday.

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