Another Mosquito Could Be Carrying Zika

Another Mosquito Could Be Carrying Zika first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito has been the main culprit in the spread of the Zika virus, however, research has revealed that a second species of mosquito may also be responsible. The Asian tiger mosquito may now also be on the radar as a threat to public health surrounding this particular virus.

There’s another mosquito carrying Zika virus

Traces of the Zika virus have been found in a second mosquito species — a bloodsucker quite at home in New York, according to a troubling new study. Scientists discovered genetic material linked to the virus in the eggs of Asian tiger mosquitoes

These disease spreading pests are found all over the United States, not just in areas where the climate is high.

It’s not yet proved that this species of mosquito is a carrier of the virus, but it has indicated that a lot more research is required. There may be other species out there that could also be a threat.

Why the Menace of Mosquitoes will only get Worse

Zika has been a persistent concern since January 2016, when a Houston man became the mainland United States’ first case, arriving back from a trip to El Salvador with the fever, rash and red yes of full-blown infection.

With mosquito season upon us, it’s important that we protect ourselves from all species. So make sure that your mosquito control is up to date and don’t leave to chance that you will be safe from a mosquito bite. Remember, it’s not just Zika we need to be wary of!

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