YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus are present in the U.S., but are they in the Mahoning Valley?
Thursday afternoon, traps started being placed to catch mosquitoes in Mahoning County. The traps have bait which entices the insects and draws them into it. A fan keeps them inside until a flapper closes and they’re caught.
Ryan Tekac, director of Environmental Health with the Mahoning County District Board of Health, said the idea is to study the insects to determine if the species that carries Zika exists in the area.
“The plan is, we have 10 traps and we’ll put them throughout the county, put them in different locations and pick them up the next day,” he said. “[We’ll] send the traps down to the Ohio Department of Health and see if that species is in there.”
There have been more than 20 cases of the Zika virus recorded in Ohio this year, mostly found in people who have traveled internationally .
WYTV reported last week that the virus was found in two Mahoning County residents. They got Zika after being bitten overseas by an infected mosquito.