Is Zika a threat in Alabama?

ALABAMA (WIAT) — The state of Florida has seen hundreds of cases of Zika virus. Many of those cases were transmitted through mosquitoes.

With the prevalence of the illness just to the south of us, could we see the same thing happen here in Alabama? We spoke with David Freedman at the UAB Travelers Health Clinic.

He says although Alabama has seen a few cases of people with the virus, it’s not likely we’ll see anything close to the number in Florida.

Freedman doesn’t expect a mosquito-driven outbreak of the virus here in Alabama. He says mosquitoes only travel about 500 feet in their lifetime and the type carrying the virus in Florida is not widely found in Alabama.

Still, he says it doesn’t hurt to get rid of the places where they can breed.

Freedman says West Nile virus is actually a bigger threat in Alabama than Zika virus.

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