Monday, July 18th, 2016

REPORTS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC

Morris County Health and Mosquito experts have provided the latest update on the Zika Virus, giving the County Board of Freeholders and some municipal officials a briefing last week in Morristown on Zika’s potential impact in Morris County and how travelers should deal with the virus threat.

Aedes albopictus, or Asian Tiger Mosquito

Aedes albopictus, or Asian Tiger Mosquito

Morris County Health Officer Carlos Perez Jr. and Morris County Mosquito Control Director Kris McMorland gave detailed presentations that outlined the ever-changing situation.

There is just one potential Zika carrying mosquito in Morris County — the Asian Tiger Mosquito — which enjoys wet habitats near homes and enjoys biting humans during daytime hours. But, so far, there have been no cases of Zika spread by mosquitoes in New Jersey, they said.

To deal with the Asian Tiger Mosquito, said McMorland, make sure to drain all standing water from around your home. Check gutters and storm drains, and wheelbarrows, bird baths, old tires, planters, or anything that can hold a bit of water, and which could be major mosquito breeding areas, he said.

County residents are invited review the presentations by Perez and McMorland by visiting:  ZIKA presentation update 7.13.16 and Zika Virus Update Mosquito 7.13.16.

Also, read the following press release on dealing with the Asian Tiger Mosquito.