While Florida is dealing with cases of Zika virus transmitted by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland, Nebraska experts do not think it will happen here.
Dr. Thomas Safranek, state epidemiologist, says they are being vigilant in trapping and monitoring the insects.
“We’re looking for a related species – Aedes albopictus mosquito – but we don’t have the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which they do have in Florida,” Safranek tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN in Lincoln.
Safranek says the big concern in Nebraska continues to be the West Nile virus.
“Fight the bite, but we’re trying to fight the West Nile virus,” he says, “which we actually have some indicators it may be a more severe year than we’ve had in the past.”
Nebraska had 68 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in 2015 and two deaths attributed to the disease.
Jane Monnich, KLIN Radio, contributed to this report.