Mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika found in Luna County

DEMING, NM (KTSM) - If you're a Luna County resident, you may want to apply some insect spray next time you head outside.

Aedes aegypti, a species of mosquito that's capable of transmitting Zika virus, has been found in the county, according to the New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico State University.

However, that doesn't mean the virus itself is present, as there are no confirmed cases of Zika in New Mexico in 2017.

Health officials warn that residents who travel to Zika-prone areas could become infected and spread the virus locally if they get bitten by this type of mosquito.

The New Mexico Department of Health suggests residents take the following steps to prevent Zika and other mosquito-related illnesses:

  • Use mosquito repellents
  • Remove standing water from your home
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net (if overseas or outside)

Luna is now the 10th county in New Mexico to inhabit mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika.

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