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February 17, 2016

Waste Tires: Potential Breeding Grounds for Zika Virus Disease Vectors

  With cases of Zika virus on the rise, including widespread outbreaks in Central and South America and several dozen confirmed cases in the United States, officials are encouraging preventative strategies against its transmission, which is primarily by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Mosquitos are some of the most-effective disease-spreading vectors in the world, capable of passing the virus between groups of people who have not even been in contact. Further, eradicating the mosquito is a rather daunting task. There are, however, ways to target and reduce populations of the insect in particular areas, including depriving it of breeding grounds. We …

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