27 Jan '16, 2pm

Zika virus epidemic points to "dystopian future" says Bill McKibben

Zika virus epidemic points to "dystopian future" says Bill McKibben

There is action being taken to try and stop the spread at its source, according to The Guardian . Two types of mosquitos, yellow fever and Asian tiger, are known to carry the virus. Both species can withstand severe conditions, including their larvae, which can “hibernate” and be revived with water months after drying out. Although most mosquitos only travel within a radius of about 1,600 feet from where they hatched, this fact means they could be carried elsewhere and survive to spread the virus. Programs to fight back against the winged devils include breeding “self-destructing” mosquitos with the offending species – which has yet to be successful – and extensive mosquito fogging endeavors, yet authorities do not have the funds to fog every household. Educational programs to rural locations warning against leaving stagnant water around the home are also hoped to be effec...

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