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Thursday, September 19 2019 @ 09:06 am EDT

Study in Panama - "Aedes albopictus" Also Transmits Dengue

HealthcareA study undertaken by the Gorgas Memorial Institute, researchers at the National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (Senacyt), and the University of Panama (UP), reveals that the mosquito Aedes albopictus also transmits dengue, and it's even stronger than the known Aedes aegypti mosquito. Experts say the Aedes albopictus has the ability to reproduce in any environment and season, i.e. it can reproduce in both clean and dirty water, in both urban and rural settings, as opposed to the Aedes aegypti that only breeds in water clean. The experts, who gave the news at a press conference, said the finding does not seek to sow fear among the population, but to create more public awareness, and to eliminate mosquito breeding sites to prevent dengue. (Estrella)

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.

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