According to a new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, there’s new evidence that the common backyard mosquito might spread Zika, a mosquito-borne illness that has been known to cause severe birth defects in unborn children. This mosquito is found world-wide. The main carrier of Zika is Aedes aegypti, or the yellow fever mosquito. It needs warm, tropical climates (like South Florida) to thrive. So far, home-grown Zika has been found in the U.S. in two places – south Florida and south Texas. Related viruses, including dengue, yellow fever, West Nile, Japanese encephalitis, and St. Louis encephalitis viruses, have been spread in several species of mosquitoes.
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April 14, 2017 – NBC News – Zika Found in Common Backyard Asian Tiger Mosquito. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/zika-virus-outbreak/zika-found-common-backyard-asian-tiger-mAosquito-n746646
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