Will Hermine Spread the Zika Virus?

Those of us in Florida and all the way up the east coast recently felt the effects of Hurricane Hermine. In Florida, now that the storm has moved on, we are left with concerns about the spread of the Zika virus from the standing water left behind.

Any area with standing water creates a prime habitat for mosquitoes to lay their eggs - raising the risk of spreading the Zika outbreak, which has hit small pockets of Miami-Dade County in the southern part of the state.

Hours after Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott urged the public to remove any standing water to help stop the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

"It is incredibly important that everyone does their part to combat the Zika virus by dumping standing water, no matter how small," Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a news conference. He also reminded residents to “remember to wear long sleeves and bug repellent when outdoors.”

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