Standing Water From Harvey Creates Mosquito Concerns

Standing Water From Harvey Creates Mosquito Concerns

Health officials concerned about a mosquito explosion in the wake of standing water left by Hurricane Harvey.

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September 1, 2017
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Dr. David Persse, physician director of Houston's EMS and Public Health Authority, told CBS News that a mosquito explosion could occur in the wake of standing water left by Hurricane Harvey.

"In the short term I'm not too worried about the mosquitoes 'cause all this rain is gonna wash out all the breeding sites for the mosquitoes," Persse told CBS News. "But that'll be only about 10 to 14 days, and then we're gonna have an explosion of mosquitoes 'cause there's so much standing water which is all breeding sites."

Asked if they've had any Zika cases in the area, Persse said, "We've had people who've been here who've been infected with Zika in Central and Latin America but we've not had any local transmission here. But that is absolutely something that is front and center on our radar." 

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Source CBS News