Invasive Aedes mosquito species found in second Ventura County city

From VC Star
September 23, 2020

Ventura County officials have found specimens of an invasive and potentially dangerous species of mosquito in Thousand Oaks several days after the mosquito’s presence in the county was publicly shared.

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, also known as yellow fever mosquitoes, were first detected in Simi Valley on Sept. 9, according to the Ventura County Environmental Health Division. The species is identifiable by the white stripes on its back and legs and is able to carry viruses such as Zika, yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya. They are described as small and aggressive day-biting mosquitoes, according to authorities.

Though the species can carry potentially fatal diseases, no known cases of transmission have been recorded in California.

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