ZIKA WARNING: Eggs from mosquitos which can carry virus found in British village

ZIKA WARNING: Eggs from mosquitos which can carry virus found in British village

GETTYThe eggs have been found in a village in KentFifteen people in Stanford, Kent, were delivered letters on Friday telling them that Asian Tiger Mosquito eggs had been found near their properties.The mosquito is native to south east Asia but has spread to other countries, and has been known to share viruses including yellow fever and the Zika virus.Experts have said there is no risk to people’s health.The virus is spread by a certain type of mosquito that transmits the disease when it bites someone infected with Zika, and then goes on to bite another person.It can also be spread through sex.The eggs are believed to have been found at an M20 motorway services – leading experts to believe they could have come over in lorries from the continent.Shepway District Council asked Cannon Pest Control to visit the properties and spray areas in people’s gardens that may contain the eggs.Samantha Cox, who received the letter on Friday, said: “I was suspicious at first as it wasn’t formally addressed to me, just ‘The Occupier.'”I expected them to come round in big suits and great big spray guns but it was all very quiet.”It’s just something they have to do. They sprayed the water butt and anything that might collect water.GETTYThe mosquito is not normally native to the uK “They said the spray creates an oil film and suffocates the eggs.”I don’t mind them doing it if they’re careful. We’ve got to protect our own species but you have to be careful about what they are spraying in to the water.”Zika virus has been officially linked to babies born with a birth defect known as microcephaly – which causes abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains, according to US health officials.The problems caused by microcephaly often last for the whole of the babies’ lives and in the most severe cases, microcephaly can be life threatening.GETTYZika can cause microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with small headsThe virus has also been linked to a neurological condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome. The letter, from the Shepway District Council, said that Public Health England had recommended the treatment to eradicate the mosquito, its eggs and larvae as a precaution.David Monk, Leader of Shepway District Council, said: “Following the discovery of some eggs…

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