Officials with the Chatham county mosquito control believe the likelihood the mosquito carrying the virus coming to Savannah is slim. This comes after a week long mosquito control conference here on the spread of Zika nationwide.
The virus has been linked with potentially deadly illnesses in newborn babies in south America. The disease has reportedly made its way to the United States, but here in Chatham county mosquito control experts say, because of other species in the area, the mosquito that would carry the virus could not survive if it came here.
“If you did get an aedes aegpyti reintroduced into this area, the tiger mosquito that we have here the albopictus would out compete it, would still out compete it,” says Chatham County Mosquito Control Director Jeffery Heusel.
The carrier of the Zika virus is known as the aedes aegpyti mosquito. It’s a species mosquito control says they have not seen in Chatham county in over four years.