Like dengue and chikungunya, the Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The mosquito's most distinct features are the white stripes on their legs. The insect has been spotted in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Transmission of the Zika fever occurs primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, but perinatal and sexual transmission are also possible.
Mosquitoes breed in water-filled containers and other such places where water is stagnant like bromeliad plants that hold water. In Miami-Dade County, where heavy rainfalls occur regularly, mosquitoes have the opportunity to breed virtually anywhere.
*** The type of mosquito that is prevalent in Palmetto Bay are salt water marsh variety and they have not been shown to carry the virus.***
To stop the mosquito breeding, it is important to drain and cover any area that may collect and hold water. Learn about the DRAIN & COVER CAMPAIGN in Miami-Dade County.