First-ever ‘Yellow Fever’ mosquito detected in Butte County

From KRCR News
September 23, 2020

For the first time in Butte County the mosquito commonly known as the yellow fever mosquito has been found.

The invasive species was discovered September 17 in northeast Chico in the area of East Avenue and Mariposa Avenue.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito has been detected previously in other areas of California, but never in Butte County. Aedes aegypti have the potential to transmit viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, and Zika, that are not known to be transmitted by Butte County’s native mosquitoes, and to date, have not been detected in Aedes aegypti in California.

“The District is working to evaluate the extent of the infestation and we plan to do everything we can to eradicate this mosquito and to protect our residents from the potential disease risk of these invasive mosquitoes,” said Matt Ball, District Manager. “Our goal is to control and eliminate this species of mosquito so that it does not become established in our community.”

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