Study in Panama - "Aedes albopictus" Also Transmits Dengue
Monday, October 10 2011 @ 01:15 pm EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: From Wikipedia: "The Asian tiger mosquito or forest day mosquito, Aedes albopictus (Stegomyia albopicta), from the mosquito (Culicidae) family, is characterized by its black and white striped legs, and small black and white striped body. It is native to the tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia; however, in the past couple of decades this species has invaded many countries throughout the world through the transport of goods and increasing international travel. This mosquito has become a significant pest in many communities because it closely associates with humans (rather than living in wetlands), and typically flies and feeds in the daytime in addition to at dusk and dawn. The insect is called a tiger mosquito because its striped appearance is similar to a tiger. Aedes albopictus is an epidemiologically important vector for the transmission of many viral pathogens, including the West Nile virus, Yellow fever virus, St. Louis encephalitis, dengue fever, and Chikungunya fever, as well as several filarial nematodes such as Dirofilaria immitis." In other words, the fine folks at the Gorgas Institute, Senacyt, and the University of Panama didn't just figure this one out on their own. The mosquito is here in Panama, and it transmits dengue.