Invasive mosquitoes potentially carrying yellow fever, other diseases reach Sutter County

From the Sacramento Bee
August 13, 2021

The invasive species of mosquitoes that were reported flying through California were spotted in Sutter County this week, public health officials announced.

The Aedes aegypti, also called the “ankle biter,” were detected in the Yuba City area Wednesday, according to a news release from the Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District (SYMVCD).

The release said the mosquitoes, if spotted, will look unfamiliar to most people. A quarter-inch long, these black-and-white-striped mosquitoes are stealthy and aggressive biters during the day, and they lay eggs that look like small black seeds. Diseases control experts say the mosquitoes carry diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, Zika and yellow fever.

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