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Zika concerns prompt mosquito traps in Mahoning County

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Traps will soon be set up around Mahoning County to find out if mosquitoes that can transmit the Zika virus are in the area. 

The District Board of Health hopes to set up the traps next week. 

They're looking for the primary mosquito that spreads Zika Aedes Aegypti. It is found in the tropics and southern United States and is not known to be in the Valley. A cousin mosquito, Aedes Albopictus, is local and it may potentially transmit the virus.

"They're not sure if the Aedes Albopictus, at this time, transmits the virus and that's why we're doing the trapping of them," says Ryan Tekac of the Mahoning County Board of Health. He adds, "They're not going to test them at the Ohio Department of Health, but they are going to identify them."

The trap will attract mosquitoes with bait that smells like a sweat gym sock. Then, a fan will suck them into a catch net. 

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