Bergen County working to control mosquito population to combat Zika virus

Bergen County officials are working to control the mosquito population in an effort to combat the Zika virus.

Bergen County officials are working to control the mosquito population in an effort to combat the Zika virus. (5/17/16)

BERGEN COUNTY - As the White House continues to fight for more money to battle the Zika virus in the United States, local officials are taking it upon themselves to fight the virus on their own.

In Bergen County, the “Bergen Bites Back” campaign is working to get information out to residents about mosquitoes, which can carry the virus.

The door-to-door initiative is urging residents in the county to eliminate standing water around their properties. Mosquitos breed in standing water, and water left in items like flower pots and old tires are perfect places for the insects to reproduce.

The Bergen County Mosquito Control is surveying the mosquito population and trying to prevent breeding. The department says that there are around 4,000 breeding sites in the county.

While residents do their part to prevent a mosquito infestation, federal leaders are continuing to fight the disease.

“There are four vaccines that are being pushed simultaneously, we are not sure which one is going to work by next fall,” says National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins.

The U.S. House of Representatives is slated to debate a $622 million anti-Zika measure Wednesday.

The Zika virus is spread though infected female Aedes mosquitoes, sexual contact and possibly blood transfusions. There are birth defect risks if pregnant women are infected.

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