Harvey and Irma present nearly perfect conditions for Zika-spreading mosquitoes

The Conversation (Christine Crudo Blackburn, Gerald W. Parker, and Morten Wendelbo, Texas A&M University) – Even as the floodwaters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma begin to recede, significant but less obvious health threats remain. The standing water the storms have left behind will almost certainly cause an explosion of the mosquito population.

In addition to the already difficult task of recovery, the affected areas will need to stem the mosquito population growth to avoid the potential for a disease outbreak.

As experts with diverse research and government experience, we believe mosquito prevention and control measures must be given high priority and incorporated into long-term hurricane recovery operations.

Read more at The Conversation.

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