GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT/AP)- Experts in Eastern North Carolina weighed in on the new development of the Zika virus.
Florida’s Governor Rick Scott confirmed Friday there are 4 cases of the virus, which were given through local transmission.
He said one woman and three men in Miami-Dade and Broward counties likely contracted the virus through mosquito bites.
The Centers for Disease Control said North Carolina is another state at risk.
WNCT asked Pitt County vector manager Jim Gardner if he was concerned by Friday’s findings.
“Yes sooner of later it was going to be transmitted by mosquito,” Gardner said. “Do we expect it to come to NC? We don’t expect it but at the same time it is possible.”
Gardner said there are 27 types of mosquitoes in our state.
He said the species most associated with Zika hasn’t been trapped in the state since 2008.
There is another vector of the virus.
“That mosquito is present in fairly large numbers. It’s a container breeding mosquito,” Gardner said.
County officials ECU researchers, and other schools around the state are closely monitoring the types of mosquitoes found.
They use traps to collect mosquitoes for identification.