An Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever and Zika virus, is seen in a lab. Officials say they are not found in New York City.
There’s “virtually no risk” of contracting the mosquito-born Zika virus in New York right now — but officials are concerned that could change when the weather gets warmer, Mayor de Blasio said Thursday.
De Blasio met with dozens of medical professionals at City Hall to discuss what measures to put in place before mosquito season arrives. The good news is that the type of mosquito believed to be spreading the virus is not found in New York, officials said.
But City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said its “cousin” does live here, and so the city will monitor that insect closely.
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