Mosquito known to carry Zika and other viruses found in Ontario

From the Daily Bulletin
August 10, 2018

A mosquito known to transmit the Zika virus has been discovered in Ontario.

The Aedes aegypti, known as the Yellow Fever mosquito, was found in a trap near Euclid Avenue and Walnut Street, according to a news release from the West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.

This is the first time the mosquito has been found in Ontario. In July, it was found in Montclair.

The small, black and white mosquitoes are closely associated with human dwellings. They will actively pursue people both during the day and the evening, according to the District.

They are also known transmitters of Chikungunya, Dengue, and Yellow Fever viruses.

District officials are urging residents to remove all standing water sources, such as buckets, tires and planter pots. They also recommend scrubbing the inside of containers to dislodge eggs deposited above the water line.

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