Researchers Learn That Three More Mosquito Species Can Carry The Zika Virus

Researchers Learn That Three More Mosquito Species Can Carry The Zika Virus

The Zika virus has caused much heartache throughout the world. The aedes aegypti mosquito is now infamous for being the primary Zika carrier. However, the aedes aegypti is not the only mosquito that carries Zika. You may have already known this, but you probably do not know that the Zika virus has been discovered in the salivary glands of five different mosquito species. Researchers did not realize until a week ago that three of these five mosquitoes have never been identified as Zika carriers.

The three undocumented Zika carriers include Cx. coronator, Cx. tarsalis, and Ae. vexans. These three mosquitoes were collected in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, but it appears as though the Aedes aegypti is the primary Zika carrying species of mosquito. Health authorities in Guadalajara have reported one human case of Zika this year. As of September of 2017 there were nearly ten thousand Zika infected citizens of Mexico. Out of these ten thousand nearly six thousand were women.

The Zika virus is a part of the genus known as Flavivirus. The main vector of this virus is the aedes aegypti mosquito. Scientists have repeatedly observed the Aedes aegypti mosquito acquiring and then infecting different types of mammalian life with the Zika virus. Recent studies show that the Zika virus arrived in Mexico from Brazil in late 2014 or early 2015. The virus was first introduced to Mexico in the southeast region of the country in the state of Chiapas. Once the virus arrived in this region it moved on to twenty six more Mexican states. Researchers now have to test several more of these three mosquito species in order to determine how much of a threat these mosquitoes are to the public. The three undocumented Zika-carrying mosquitoes may not be much to worry about, but only further testing can determine this for sure.

Do you believe that the Zika virus is commonly spread by more than one species of mosquito?

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