NASA: Charleston high risk for Zika virus in summer

The combination of heat and humidity puts Charleston at high risk for the Zika virus during summer, according to NASA.

A new study by the agency categorizes Charleston as a “high risk” zone in July and August because the mosquito that is capable of spreading lives in the Southeast. Scientists predict the population of the Aedes aegypti mosquito will increase in as temperatures do the same in Summer.

Lowcountry doctors affirm it’s just a study for now. “It is not a high risk and will not be a high risk for Zika transmission even in the later Summer,” said Dr. David Soper of Medical University of South Carolina.

South Carolina has yet to have a confirmed case of the Zika virus. “If there’s nobody living around you that has Zika then the mosquito itself will not have Zika virus,” added Soper.

Click here to read more about the NASA’s study.

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