Mosquitoes that can carry Zika Identified in Nebraska

YORK – A rare type of mosquito that can carry diseases such as Zika and yellow fever has been located in York County.

According to Laura McDougall from Four Corners Health Department in York, more than one Aedes Aegypti mosquito has been located in York County.

According to McDougall, that type of mosquito can carry Zika, dengue fever, yellow fever, and chikungunya.

She says this is the first time this type of mosquito has been found in Nebraska, but it is a common species in other parts of the world.

McDougall says it’s important for people to take precautions against mosquitoes, especially with the type that carries West Nile virus still prevalent in the area.

Precautions include eliminating standing water, wearing insect repellent and wearing long sleeves.