are not strong fliers, they stay near their breeding sites.
prefer to bite ankles and the lower leg. Don't forget to protect
these areas with repellents.
also bite around the head, neck, and arms.
The Centers for Disease Control advises everyone, especially in the
Southern states to protect themselves from mosquito bites by using repellents
containing 1 of 4 active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, Oil of lemon
eucalyptus, or IR3535 and protective clothing.
According to the U.S. Zika response plan, Zika transmission is defined as two or more cases not due to travel or sex with an infected person that occur in a 1 mile diameter over the course of a month.
CDC scientists used data from four state-based surveillance systems
to estimate contraception use for non-pregnant and postpartum women
at risk for unintended pregnancy, and sexually active female high school
students, who live in states with the potential for local Zika virus
• About 1 in 3 women at risk for unintended pregnancy are not
using any birth control method.
• Use of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC including
intrauterine devices and implants)—the most effective method to
prevent unintended pregnancy—remains lower than use of moderately
and less effective reversible contraceptives such as pills and condoms.
• Moderately effective and less effective contraceptive methods,
including pills, patches, rings, injections, condoms and other barrier
methods, were used more frequently than highly effective methods across
all age groups and race/ethnicity.
CDC’s latest report in Obstetrics & Gynecology highlights
the experience of five pregnant women infected with Zika virus who had
evidence of Zika virus in their blood longer than is typically expected.
CDC scientists raise important questions about what this finding might
mean — whether it is unique to pregnant women and if so, whether
it is linked to poor pregnancy or birth outcomes.
• Four pregnant women with signs or symptoms consistent with Zika
virus disease and one pregnant woman without symptoms had evidence of
Zika virus in their blood for longer than expected (mean duration viral
RNA is detectable in serum was approximately 10 days).
o Four pregnant women with symptoms had evidence of Zika virus in their
blood up to 46 days after they had symptoms.
o One pregnant woman without symptoms had evidence of Zika virus in
her blood at 53 days after last date of possible exposure.
• One pregnant woman had evidence of infection in her fetus. Three
of the pregnancies are complete and one is ongoing.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are more likely to spread viruses like Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and other viruses than other species of mosquitoes. Fortunately, it is very rare in Kentucky. The map below
shows the Centers for Disease Control (CDC's) estimated range of Aedes aegypti based on where it occurs or has previously been found.
Estimated range of Aedes aegypti in the US (CDC 2016)
Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito (ATM), occurs throughout the state and is a species of importance should local transmission occur in Kentucky. The ATM is an outdoor (garden) mosquito that breeds in
most any water-filled container. It is an aggressive, day-biter that will feed on humans and a variety of available domestic and wild vertebrates. It is primarily active late afternoon through early evening although
it has a secondary period of activity around dawn. It is responsible for most of the mosquito bites that occur in Kentucky city suburbs.
Estimated range of Aedes albopictus in the US (CDC 2016)
These maps represent the CDC's best estimate of the range of these
two species in the US. They are not meant to represent the risk for
spread of disease.
One Health Awareness Mosquito poster is the result of a collaboration between our partners in the Department of Parks, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and the Department for Public Health.
Build your own Zika prevention kit A list of items that will reduce your risk of getting Zika. This is particularly important for pregnant women.
Kentucky mosquitoes This page provides brief profiles of common and important mosquitoes in Kentucky.
This graphic is intended to help consumers easily identify the repellency time for mosquitos and ticks. Use of the graphic by manufacturers will be voluntary and available for qualifying companies. EPA will review products that apply to use the
graphic to ensure that their scientific data meet current testing protocols and standard evaluation practices.