Second Type of Mosquito That Carries Zika Virus Found in Tony Orange County Neighborhood
Asian Tiger mosquitoes were found at a home near Lake Mission Viejo last week; it's the second type of mosquito known to carry the virus that's been found in the area.
A type of mosquito that carries the Zika virus has been found in Orange County, Calif., an official said over the weekend.
According to the Orange County Register, Asian Tiger mosquitoes were found last Tuesday near the tony Lake Mission Viejo, at a home near the corner of Olympiad Road and Melinda Road.
Dave Leckness, a trustee with the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control, said Saturday that the mosquitoes were discovered using traps outside the home, whose residents have been getting bitten by the insects.
Vector Control inspectors will return to the home to set more traps and look for other Asian Tiger mosquitoes in the area around the private, manufactured lake, which is surrounded by multimillion-dollar homes.
"This coming week we will treat it aggressively," Leckness told the Register. "We want to keep the mosquitoes out of here. ... [Zika] frightens us."
This is the second type of mosquito known to carry the Zika virus that's been found in Orange County, following the discovery of yellow fever mosquitoes in October.
According to the California Department of Public Health, all but one of the 153 cases of Zika infections documented in California as of Friday have been travel-related (the exception was a sexual transmission) and not transmitted locally. There have been 34 cases in Los Angeles County and 10 in Orange County.
Most people infected with the Zika virus do not develop symptoms or will show signs of mild symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain and eye redness. There is no medicine or vaccine to treat the virus.
Pregnant women are the most at risk, with babies born to infected mothers showing signs of microcephaly — including smaller than normal heads — or brain damage, among others.
The news comes on the heels of a new Zika case discovered outside a Miami neighborhood where mosquitoes have spread the virus to more than two dozen people. The Florida Department of Health released a statement Friday announcing that its Zika caseload has risen to 28, with three new cases in Miami-Dade County.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.