Day-biting mosquito that can carry Zika, other viruses found for first time in Yolo County

From the Sacramento Bee
September 15, 2020

Authorities on Tuesday announced the first ever detection in Yolo County of an invasive mosquito that prefers to bite people during the day and has the potential to transmit serious diseases, including Zika.

The adult female Aedes aegypti mosquito, more commonly known as a yellow fever mosquito, was found in a trap near East and Main streets in Winters, according to a news release from the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. Officials planned to set up additional traps in surrounding neighborhoods to help assess the spread of the infestation.

“Finding this mosquito for the first time likely means it could possibly be established anywhere,” District Manager Gary Goodman said in the news release. “We will continue to work diligently to look for and identify locations where these mosquitoes can be breeding.”

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