Dominican scientists on the trail of Aedes vittatus


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Feb 20, 2019

Unlike others, the Aedes vittatus mosquito is capable of carrying nearly all of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases, except for malaria. It is found in Cuba and now local scientists have detected it in the DR.

A report in BBC explains that the Aedes vittatus is endemic to the Indian subcontinent and had never been seen in the western hemisphere until now. The mosquito is a proven vector of chikungunya, Zika, dengue, yellow fever viruses and many other diseases, say scientists.

There is speculation the first specimens could have traveled here as eggs on a shipping container or possibly aircraft. The BBC report explains that the species’ likely proliferation across the Caribbean and the southern US will be equally manmade: climate change is shortening North American winters, allowing mosquitoes to breed many more times in a single season and thus spread...

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Polls Forum Moderator
Jan 20, 2003
Hmm, at what time of the day does it bite? Does it live in the countryside, in cities or in both?

The dengue epidemic could get worse.