NJ faces growing health threat from virus-carrying mosquitoes

JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – New Jersey officials are bracing for the start of this year’s mosquito season amid growing signs that a warming climate is creating more favorable conditions for the survival of species that carry Zika and other dangerous viruses.

Rising temperatures are making it more likely that New Jersey will become a regular breeding ground for Aedes aegypti, a species that carries Zika, dengue, yellow fever and Chikungunya, but which has been seen only sporadically in the state so far.

New Jersey winters historically have been cold enough to kill the eggs of that species, preventing it from establishing a population, but Aedes aegypti, also known as the yellow fever mosquito …

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