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Experts trap mosquitos for Zika research

A Georgia county has set traps to try to get ahead of the Zika virus. (Source: WFOX/CNN) A Georgia county has set traps to try to get ahead of the Zika virus. (Source: WFOX/CNN)

GLYNN COUNTY, GA (WFOX/CNN) - Mosquito experts in south Georgia are keeping a close watch on the mosquito population in an effort to keep the Zika virus at bay.

For entomologist Travis Dorsey, trapping mosquitoes is step one.

Going under the microscope to analyze them is step two.

Glynn County is identifying the mosquitoes it catches, especially the mosquitoes that could carry the Zika virus like the Aedes Aegypti.

"You can look at markings and colorings on the abdomen, wing patterns," he said.

Dorsey says they're trying to get ahead of the virus by collaborating to research mosquitoes.

He says they'll send the insects to Louisiana State University, which is trying to find a way to test the mosquito for Zika.

Glynn County does not have any reported cases. But officials have set nearly 100 traps because of concerns about the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 1,100 cases of the Zika virus have been reported in the U.S.

Nearly all were associated with international travel with the exception of one which was contracted in a laboratory setting.

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