by Susan Hellauer
They’re spraying for mosquitos in Brooklyn and Queens this week, and scouting for puddles in subway tunnels.
The only locally-acquired, mosquito-borne Zika infections confirmed to date in the continental United States have been in Florida. And it’s a tropical mosquito—Aedes aegypti— that transmits the Zika virus.
So why the spraying, the puddle patrols, and the urgent government action here in the Northeast?
Because Aedes aegypti is heading our way, and its cousin is already in our backyard.
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