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Slowing the Spread of Zika


It’s summer and the mosquitoes are here. But this year that familiar buzz has a menacing quality. The Zika virus is spreading. There are now over 900 confirmed cases in the United States, 31 in Maryland. So far, all of them are travel-related. But the mosquitoes that transmit Zika are found in this country as well. Experts expect the first case of Zika transmission within the United States any day now. How can municipalities slow the spread of this virus? What are scientists doing to combat mosquito-borne diseases like Zika? And what can we do ourselves? Our guests: Joseph Conlon, technical advisor for the American Mosquito Control Association and retired US Navy entomologist; George Dimopoulos, professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute.

Click here for information from the Baltimore City Health Department's Zika Ambassadors Program (ZAP) about preventing infection and limiting mosquito exposure.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
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