- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State health officials say will begin trapping and testing North Dakota mosquitoes for the Zika virus this summer.

State Epidemiologist Michelle Feist tells the Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1RKEhrx ) that the North Dakota State Laboratory recently received supplies to begin the live mosquito trappings.

Feist says the mosquitoes that are known transmitters of the Zika normally aren’t found in North Dakota.

The state lab began testing human samples for Zika in February. Feist says none of them have tested positive.

Health officials are investigating whether there is a link between Zika infections in pregnant women and a rare birth defect called microcephaly, in which babies are born with abnormally small heads.



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