Health officials: Standing water left by Matthew could become mosquito breeding grounds

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos, so as you’re out cleaning up your property, health officials want you to cover up.

Hurricane Matthew put a temporary halt on the mosquitoes, which can spread disease.

All the heavy rains and flooding tend to wash away larvae from breeding sites, but once the standing water sets in breeding picks back up increasing your risk of exposure.

“(What) people really need to protect themselves against is bites, including mosquito bites, so they should be wearing long-sleeve shirts, pants, hats to protect themselves from mosquitoes,” said John Morrow, Pitt County public health director. “Insect repellant is a good idea as people go back out into these flooded areas”

Centers for Disease Control released new numbers today of confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the U.S. and its territories.

There are more than 3,900 confirmed cases of Zika in the U.S., but almost all of those are travel-associated.

There have been no locally acquired cases in North Carolina.