Entomological Society of America
|Flint, Michigan is a pretty good match for the authors' profile of a|
community vulnerable to a Zika outbreak
While climate conditions in the U.S. are increasingly favorable to mosquitos, socioeconomic factors such as access to clean water and air conditioning make large-scale outbreaks unlikely, according to new analysis of existing research -- but small-scale, localized outbreaks are an ongoing concern.
|So is the Navajo nation|
The key difference, the researchers argue, are factors related to low socioeconomic status such as the absence of air conditioning, the absence of screened windows, and the prevalence of household water storage, all of which are uncommon in developed countries like the U.S.
|And West Virginia. And hundreds of other urban and rural population|
centers. If the authors are correct, Zika is to become another disease
of the poor
"If the isolation between humans and Ae. aegypti mosquitoes in the U.S. is primarily caused by lifestyle and living infrastructure associated to socioeconomic conditions, these could be threatened by massive natural disasters, or any other event that disrupts current infrastructure," they write.