Posts Tagged ‘Asian Tiger Mosquito’

zika mosquitoesWith everyone so concerned with the news around the Zika Virus we wanted to share the following publication from the Florida Mosquito Control Association on the Zika Virus.  Please leave your comments or join the conversation on our Facebook page.

Zika is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes to humans. The virus has recently spread to the Americas. Symptoms of infection are usually mild, but severe complications including serious birth defects and various neurological and autoimmune complications can result from infection with the virus. Currently, there are no vaccines or medications available to prevent infection. Avoiding mosquito bites is the best defense against Zika virus infection.

What is Zika? Zika is a virus related to dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile viruses that was discovered in 1947 in Africa. It is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda (zika means “overgrown” in Lugandan), where the virus was first recovered from a sentinel rhesus monkey that was being used in a yellow fever research project; the agent was eventually described as Zika virus in 1952. It was first isolated from a human in Nigeria in 1954.

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Asian Tiger MosquitoIf you’ve seen this mosquito, Cornell wants to hear from you! It’s New York state Integrated Pest Management Program is informally tracking information to gather facts from the public about the Asian Tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus).

The Asian Tiger mosquito was first introduced in the US in the 1980’s from Japan. Since it has spread quickly and is thought to now be in New York. This mosquito is similar to others in that it needs blood to produce eggs and water to hatch them in.

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