Addressing Zika Virus Concerns in Ark.

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ARKANSAS – Agriculture specialists are eliminating Zika virus concerns for many farmers and producers in Arkansas.

They’re pointing out that if Zika-carrying insects were in the United States, the mosquitoes that are associated with the virus don’t breed in rice fields, swamps or flood waters. That can be comforting for many Arkansans.
Mosquitos that could carry Zika breed closer to homes, preferring bird baths, tires and other containers.

Outside of general mosquito-related problems, experts say there is not an immediate concern for the Zika virus right now.

The extension service does say there is concern that the virus may become established in the United States.

But according to the CDC, there have been no instances of people acquiring the disease through mosquitoes in the United States.

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