Philadelphia is a city under in high risk of developing a Zika outbreak this summer.
Philly does not have the Aedes aegypti mosquito, so all 50 or so cases the city saw last year came from people who contracted the virus during a visit to an infected country. Which is very concerning because this means it is people traveling that are transmitting this disease.
“The way we could get a Zika outbreak here,” said Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn, “is through our airport.”
The airports in Philadelphia must be inspected carefully, as they have already been proven to spread Zika.
“About 80 percent of people who contract Zika show no symptoms, but they can still pass on the virus.” For this reason, the city of Philadelphia, and all cities should worry about travelers spreading this disease, as they are typically unaware they even have Zika themselves.
To avoid mosquitoes, it is highly suggested to get rid of any standing water, as this is where they breed. Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn, gave reason to concern in her quote, “I pass West Philly and see tires on the side of the street,” “If I’m in that community I should tip those tires or they’re going to gather water. These mosquitoes can breed in a bottle cap.”
Another effective way to avoid mosquito bites altogether is applying an EPA registered insect repellent before going into areas where mosquitos can be found.