Camden County officials take new steps to battle mosquitoes amid spread of Zika virus in US

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Leaders in our area are taking new steps to help people report areas where mosquitoes can breed, amid growing concerns about the spread of the Zika virus in the U.S. (WPVI)

Leaders in our area are taking new steps to help people report areas where mosquitoes can breed, amid growing concerns about the spread of the Zika virus in the U.S.

"Earlier this year we heard the possibility of Zika becoming a very significant health issue within our community," said Carmen Rodriguez, Camden County Freeholder.

That awareness behind the roll out of an online reporting system in Camden County.

Instead of phoning in a complaint about stagnate water in a neighborhood, people can report and send a smart phone photo. Complaints can be mapped.

"We're able to visualize everything on the map and see where the problem is and be able to pick a plan and attack it," said Jay Radano, Mosquito Commission.

That can mean dumping standing water, spraying insecticides or, if a body of water is sufficient, introducing fish that devour mosquito larvae.

Mosquito calls are up this year. The thinking is one issue is driving that trend.

"Zika is the new kid on the block so to speak, and I think everybody's worried and concerned," said Radano.

There are 64 types of mosquitoes in the county. Zika can be carried by only two specific varieties. The county traps mosquitoes, and a staff biologist examines them.

"She identifies every species of mosquitoes that comes through, whether it's a trap we set during the day or a continuous light trap, and she has not come across one of those species yet in Camden County," said Radano.
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