The Swarm after the Storm

As Puerto Rico grinds into its recovery from Hurricane Maria, public health experts say the island faces yet another challenge: tropical mosquitoes.

Big storms generally disrupt mosquito populations—at first. “Within a week or so, you tend to see the situation come back to where it was before the storm. Several weeks after that, you’ll see some increase,” says the CDC’s Ben Beard.

The longer people are exposed to mosquitoes—because of lack of air conditioning, solid roofs or intact windows—the higher the risk for diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika.

Source: Five Thirty Eight

Related: Puerto Rico, on its knees, needs help – Sun-Sentinel (Editorial)

Related: What’s Happening in Puerto Rico Is Environmental Injustice – Slate

Related: What every American needs to know about Puerto Rico’s hurricane disaster – Vox

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