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Aug 27, 2016 11:49 AM EDT

Sarasota County Mosquito Management’s Testing and Fighting of the Zika Virus: An Academic Matter? [VIDEO]


The Sarasota County Mosquito Management opens its very first research laboratory and testing facility in the whole of Florida. The academically-funded facility was intended to finally address the increasing rates of Zika Virus infection in this part of the country by serving as the platform for testing and eventually fighting the said disease.

Following first alarming reports of Zika cases in Sarasota County last August 12, 2016, Department of Health officials were grappling with available defenses for its locals. Accordingly, the very first reported case was in Friday, August 12, 2016 involving a local woman who has just returned from a travel outside the United States.

It did not take long before whole area in Florida was sieged by the epidemic and was then listed among the 34 counties with public health emergency by Gov. Scott. Eventually, the list was issued last February.

With the Department of Health and the Mosquito Management officials' constant insistence, the first ever Sarasota County academic-funded facility is now up on its stead. In a few weeks more, the facility will finally be launched and the Zika virus can then be tested and fought within 24 hours.

But the officials were not alone in the effort for big-time health providers from known universities are taking turns in carrying the yoke entailed by the epidemic. A few doctors showed immense joy with everything that transpired in the county at the moment- the doctors and the officials lending one's hands for the completion of the facility. After all, research facilities are by undoubtedly academic-related concerns, Herald-Tribune reported.

More so, for an even better record, Sarasota stands out among a narrow lineup of 4 counties in the state ever to run a state-of-the-art facility such as this. Thus, Mosquito Management officials had since showed confidence that the facility shortens the time needed for detecting and curing infection. By such advantage, possible infections can be prevented in the future, My Sun Coast reported.

There are almost 3,500 mosquito species in the world while 170 of them all happen to live in Florida, "Aedes aegypti" included. This kind of accurate biological positioning would not have reached the media without academic alignment, Sarasota Magazine

Academic or not, the Zika virus cases require urgent attention. And, the best advancements happen to be available in the academic field.

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