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Zika-carrying mosquitoes found in Long Beach

Zika-carrying mosquitoes found in Long Beach

Although the health officials noted that the mosquitoes have been previously found in other southern California regions, this was the first sign of their presence in the Long Beach.

"We are actively informing and encouraging residents and visitors to take necessary precautions to prevent mosquito bites", Mayor Robert Garcia said in a release. "I'm proud of the outreach the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is conducting across our diverse communities", she added, according to a press release by the Long Beach City government. In March, a Zika-affected baby was born in San Diego County with "devastating birth defects" after his mother contracted the virus while traveling overseas.

The official Twitter page of the Long Beach City also informed people about the detection of the Aedes aegypti mosquito along with a helpline number on which the citizens can call and gather more information related to the insect.

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Baylor College of Medicine will join with Guatemalan investigators in a major study examining the clinical outcomes of children infected with the Zika virus after being born, focusing on long-term brain development. "We are doing everything to ensure this mosquito does not become established or thrive in our communities". There are now no cases of local transmission of Zika in California.

Zika virus has been known to affect babies in utero when the mother is infected during pregnancy, but little is known about what happens when infants are infected in early life, according to Muñoz. All study volunteers will be tested periodically and evaluated for symptoms of flavivirus-like illness to determine if they have been infected by Zika, dengue or chikungunya viruses.

Long Beach residents can play a critical role in helping to control the spread of this mosquito population.

Since 2011, the species of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have been identified in several cities in the USA including Los Angeles County. If you are sick with fever, headache, and joint or muscle pain after returning from an area where Zika, Dengue, or Chikungunya occurs, contact your doctor and stay indoors as much as possible to avoid mosquito bites and help prevent possible spread of the virus in Long Beach. Many cities have reported Aedes aegypti - also known as the yellow fever mosquitoes, and Aedes albopictus also known as Asian tiger mosquitoes - which can also transmit Zika, reports said.

Meanwhile, nationwide, 136 Zika virus disease cases have been reported, out of which 135 cases were reported in travelers who had returned to the USA from ZIka-affected areas, according to CDC.