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Brian Byrd (left) and a student examine pinned mosquito specimens in the laboratory.

As Zika virus spreads, WCU mosquito expert advises state

Before the first week in February -- when the the mosquito-borne Zika virus was declared a public health emergency -- WCU's Brian Byrd was providing expert advice for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ Communicable Disease Branch in the Division of Public Health.