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|September 20, 2017|
Yellow fever mosquito found in Riverside
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Mosquitoes that can transmit yellow fever have been detected in Riverside.
The small black and white day-biting mosquito Aedes aegypti prefers to feed on humans. It is not native to California.
The Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District says this mosquito is capable of transmitting several viruses, including Zika virus, yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya.
There are no reports of these diseases being transmitted locally by this mosquito; however, there is the potential for them to be introduced by infected international travelers.
In the presence of a large population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, a sick returned traveler can become a source leading to local transmission of disease.
Aedes aegypti has found several paths into California. It has been detected in 12 counties and 107 cities throughout the state.
Story Date: August 15, 2017