The Zika virus is now being spread by mosquito’s in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control says that there 1600 cases in the US and the first mosquito to human transmission recently occurred in Florida. Zika is still a long way away from Illinois but other viruses like West Nile are in the state.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency wants to eliminate place where those biting bugs locate. Kim Biggs with IEPA says getting rid of used tires can make a big difference.
To address problems areas first, the IEPA will collect tires from southern Illinois because that is where the first mosquitos with Zika or West Nile are expected to be found.