AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State
University insect experts say an extensive surveillance project last
year found that the two mosquito species most associated with Zika
virus are not established in the state.
The ISU Medical Entomology Laboratory
oversaw mosquito trapping in 15 Iowa counties. The traps collected
nearly 176,000 mosquitoes between May 3 and Oct. 4. Not a single
specimen of the two species known to transmit Zika was found.
Ryan Smith, an assistant professor of
entomology, says not a single specimen of the two species known to
transmit Zika was found.
He says the research is intended to try
to answer questions about whether they'll get here and if so, when.
Zika carrying mosquitoes are in
Missouri and Illinois and surveillance will be heightened in southern
and eastern Iowa counties.