Brief Communication for Texans on Zika Virus

You can't listen to the national news without hearing stories of Zika virus, and it is proper that people exercise caution this summer. The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story about US-based insect repellent manufacturers adding shifts and running factories around the clock in expectation of exceedingly high demand in the southern USA this summer. This was a week before the news broke in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine that said the geographical ranges of two known mosquito vectors of Zika, Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti, may be much broader than originally thought. A. aegypti  may range as far north as Illinois and eastward to New York City. A. albopictus ranges across the Southwest, much of the Midwest and most of the eastern United States. The new CDC maps of potential distribution are here: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/vector/index.html

So what should Texans due this summer in addition to buying their mosquito repellent early? Drs. Sonja Swiger and Mike Merchant, Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Entomologists, have just published a two page guide called Zika Virus: What Texans Need to Know. The publication came out today and is available in English and Spanish.