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3 New Aedes Mosquitoes
How They Are Threats:
1. Disease carriers — The Asian tiger mosquito and yellow fever mosquito have the potential to transmit debilitating viruses such as dengue, yellow fever, zika virus and the painful chikungunya virus. These diseases have not been have not been transmitted locally. However, if a person with the virus spends time in an area where these mosquitoes are found, there is an increased chance of an outbreak occurring in Los Angeles County. Currently, many cities across the country are reporting many chikungunya cases from travelers coming back to the U.S. from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The Australian backyard mosquito is a concern for the veterinary community since it can transmit canine heartworm.
2. They can bite during the day -- These bloodsuckers can ruin a family get-together or a warm day at a park. Normally, we expect mosquitoes to bite from dusk to dawn – not so with these invasive mosquitoes.
3. They can lay eggs in small containers and thrive indoors — Do you have an old tire in your yard? Or maybe some plant cuttings in a bucket of water in your kitchen? These mosquitoes can lay their eggs in stagnant water sources as small as a bottle cap! There have been reports in Los Angeles County of these mosquitoes biting people inside offices and homes.
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Symptoms of these diseases
This is also known as “Breakbone Fever.” Many people who’ve experienced dengue describe the pain so excruciating, it feels like their bones were breaking.
Chikungunya (Chik-un-GOON-ya), in its native language, means “that which bends up.” Many people who experienced chikungunya described how their bodies contorted due to the pain.
According to the CDC, there have been reports of a correlation between microcephaly and zika virus, which explains the advisories for women who are pregnant or will be pregnant to avoid mosquito bites. Get the latest information from CDC.
This information was given by the LA County Vector Control District.