Air conditioning, window screens and mosquito-control programs should help keep Zika virus outbreak from Louisiana

Louisiana has a good supply of the two known mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus that’s causing concern in South and Central America, but it remains unlikely Louisiana will experience a large outbreak.

Dr. Raoult Ratard, state epidemiologist, said Louisiana could see some cases from people who have traveled to countries with outbreaks, but there are conditions in place that make it less likely that the state will have an outbreak.

Most Louisiana residents live in air-conditioned homes, their windows have screens, and there are robust municipal mosquito control programs or bug sprays that help keep down the population of the insect.

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