Zika mosquito resistant to pesticide being used in Miami

Zika mosquito resistant to pesticide being used in Miami
The Zika-carrying mosquito Aedes aegypti, no longer on a solo mission in the Western hemisphere. (Image via News Independent)

The small Miami neighborhood of Wynwood is home to the first ongoing Zika transmission in the continental U.S. There are now 14 locally transmitted cases in or near the Wynwood district, among more than 1,600 travel-related Zika cases in the country.

State and county health officials, along with an emergency response team from the Centers for Disease Control, are on the scene but struggling to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito — the bug spreading the virus — because the chemicals they’re using to kill the mosquitoes aren’t very effective, reports CBS News correspondent David Begnaud.

“… It isn’t working as well as we had hoped. That could be because some of the mosquitoes are resistant to those insecticides,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …

“It’s been referred to as the cockroach of mosquitoes. It lives indoors and outdoors, it can breed or hatch in a few drops of water, the eggs can last for months,” Frieden said.

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