By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Scientists at Iowa State University are stepping up their mosquito surveillance program this summer to see if the species that carries the Zika virus is showing up in Iowa.

Brendan Dunphy, a research associate in Iowa State’s Medical Entomology Laboratory, says the two types of mosquitoes that carry and transmit Zika are found mostly in tropical or sub-tropical climates and are rare here.

The laboratory has cataloged mosquito populations for 45 years. This summer crews will increase their use of traps designed to lure the species that have the potential to transmit Zika.

Cases of Zika in the United States were introduced from travel abroad. The virus is so far unable to establish local mosquito-borne transmission in the U.S.

In Iowa the more immediate risk is West Nile virus.

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