Mosquito that can Carry Yellow Fever Found in San Diego

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Oct 29, 2014 (San Diego) The Navy and the County Vector Control Office announced they found four Aedes aegypti mosquitos at Naval Base San Diego. This insect is an invasive species, that is generally speaking found in North Africa, and was first classified by Entomologists in Egypt.

This mosquito is of concern of authorities since it is not native to San Diego, it feeds during the day, it is aggressive and it can transmit Yellow Fever, Dengue and Chikungunya virus.

Yellow fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had an outbreak over a hundred years ago in the United States. According to the CDC this is an extremely rare disease in the United States, but common in tropical areas. There is a vaccine for yellow fever.

Dengue infects over 400 million people a year, and there is no vaccine for it. This is also a very rare tropical disease in the United States.

Finally Chikungunya virus is also a tropical disease that is carried by infected mosquitos. There is no vaccine for this either.

All three diseases can kill.

The best way to prevent infection is to control the mosquitoes. According to the county there is an effort underway to find if there are any more of these mosquitos, and they are setting traps.

What can you do?

Prevent mosquito breeding: This means get rid of all standing water. These include old tires, planters, containers, wheelbarrow and toys. The County also has mosquito eating fish that they will provide.

Here is a list of where you can find these fish.

Protect Yourself: Wear long sleeves, stay inside when they are active. Use insect repellents.

Report Green Pools (and dead birds for West Nile Virus) If you find any of these call vector control at (858) 694-2888  or report them online at Vector Control

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Categories: Health, Vector Control, Yellow Fever

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