Mosquito traps at Humber ports to check for Zika virus

Published: Thursday 10th March 2016 by KCFM

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Mosquito traps are to be installed at ports along the Humber in a bid to prevent the risk of the Zika virus spreading into the UK.

The action is part of a nationwide project and follows the World Health Organization’s decision to declare the spread of the virus as a global emergency.

The infection, carried by a certain type of mosquito, is suspected of leading to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains.

Laurence Dettman, Hull and Goole Port Health Authority chief port health inspector, said: “The risk is there and if these invading mosquitoes are found then we have a real potential for problems.

“These invasive mosquitoes have already been found in other parts of Europe, as close as France for example, so the potential is there. It’s just being an island, the risk is perhaps somewhat less but it’s still not a no risk situation.

“We will be taking part for the rest of this year but as the colder weather arrives, we will abandon the year’s study. Any species that we catch in the traps will be sent to Edgehill University for identification and then we’ll get the feedback from there.”

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Published: Thursday 10th March 2016 by KCFM

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