Maryland Officials Discuss Zika Virus Prevention

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJZ) — Warmer weather means more mosquitoes and the potential spread of Zika. The CDC is now revealing just how difficult it is to get a handle on the virus as Maryland takes steps to prevent mosquito breeding grounds.

Rick Ritter has more.

Temperatures are heating up and so are concerns about Zika. Thedisease is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Here in Maryland, mosquito control spraying is already underway in Anne Arundel County and in other counties across the state.

The director of the CDC calls the mosquito that transmits the Zika virus “the cockroach of mosquitoes.” It’s highly resistant to insecticides—which makes it incredibly difficult to kill.