Collier officials worried about Dade Zika cases

Posted at 10:06 PM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 22:06:43-04

With just 130 miles separating Naples and Miami, Collier County officials are stepping up mosquito fighting efforts after two people contracted the mosquito born virus in Miami.


Residents in Naples are worried about the virus spreading.

"We didn't have a mosquito problem at all until maybe two years ago, and they've been much, much worse," said Lonnie Martin, who lives on Ridge Street.

The Collier County Mosquito Control District will target areas like Martin's neighborhood, but they say it's up to residents to eliminate standing water.

"We bought a product that we put in all of our bird baths or any of our flower pots that have saucers under,"  said Martin.

Virtually anything that can hold water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The ones that hang around your home tend to cause Zika.

There are only two ways you can get Zika, being bitten by a mosquito that already fed on someone who has the virus or having sexual contact with someone who has Zika.

"Up to 80 percent of those who are infected with Zika don't present with any symptoms," said Collier's Mosquito Control Director Patrick Linn.

And those that do usually experience fever, joint pain and rashes.

Martin, who has lived here for 40 years, is hoping no one in his family has to go through that ordeal.

"It's a big concern, we have 10 grandchildren and certainly we don't want any of our family members being infected by any of these things."

Officials say almost anything, from bottle caps to snail shells can hold enough water for mosquitoes to breed.