Recent lab results suggest another mosquito species could transfer Zika, according to some University of Florida scientists.
UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers detected Zika in the saliva of southern house mosquitoes collected in Florida.
Chelsea Smartt, an associate professor at the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Lab in Vero Beach, Florida, said her study’s finding supports that the mosquito species, Culex Quinquefasciatus, can contain Zika virus in its saliva.
Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes are currently considered the primary carrier of Zika virus.
If more species of mosquitoes can carry and transmit the Zika virus then we need to be much more cautious with ourselves.
Smartt stresses to researchers the importance of performing more experiments to know whether and how much of a role Culex Quinquefasciatus plays in spreading Zika, as this discovery has only recently been introduced.
Culex Quinquefasciatus is common in the southern United States and is abundant in Florida.
This mosquito is found in tropical and sub-tropical areas, including Brazil, Africa and Southeast Asia.
Basically, in areas of the world where mosquitoes feed on humans, there may be populations of Culex Quinquefasciatus that can spread Zika, Smartt added.
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