While mosquitos in Florida are not known to transmit Zika virus, there's still a heightened concern right now about other mosquito born illnesses, like West Nile.
"We've been under a mosquito advisory since the beginning of the summer and we're still under that advisory. We haven't had a hard enough freeze or cold enough weather at this juncture in the year to kill off really any mosquitos," Huard said.
Health experts say that's why it's important to wear bug spray when going outdoors for extended periods, and to drain standing water from your property.
- Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.
- Outbreaks of Zika have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas.
- There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika.
- Travelers can protect themselves from this disease by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites.- Info provided by the CDC