Daytime-biting mosquito shows up in Stockton

From the Record-Net
August 8, 2019

STOCKTON — An invasive mosquito species not native to California has been detected for the first time in Stockton.

On Tuesday, the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District collected the species known as Aedes aegypti from the Brookside neighborhood in west Stockton.

The district has been looking for the species for about four years as it creeps up the San Joaquin Valley, setting up traps throughout the county. They were alerted to its presence this week when a resident called the district to report multiple biting mosquitoes during the day, spokesman Aaron Devencenzi said.

District personnel went to the area, collected the mosquitoes and confirmed they were Aedes aegypti, Devencenzi said.

Aedes aegypti has the potential to transmit several viruses, including dengue, chikungunya, Zika and yellow fever, but it should be noted these viruses are not currently transmitted by mosquitoes in California, according to a statement from the local district.

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