A mosquito that can spread Zika virus is now a confirmed resident of Stanislaus County and will require annual monitoring and a commitment of resources to keep it in check.
Early Friday morning, the East Side Mosquito Abatement District sprayed a 450-acre area of east Modesto for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are able to transmit Zika and other diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.
The first mosquito was found in a trap July 25 just north of the intersection of Lakewood Avenue and Scenic Drive. A second mosquito, confirming a likely breeding population, was discovered nearby Wednesday.
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