Mosquito that can carry Zika virus, dengue fever and yellow fever is first discovered in Nebraska
- Health officials discovered Tuesday Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in York County, Nebraska
- A. aegypti is known to carry diseases such as the Zika virus, dengue fever and yellow fever
- The mosquitoes have not been tested for the viruses that cause these diseases, but officials say the risk of transmission is low
- The theory is that the mosquitoes came from another state like eggs
A mosquito that can carry Zika virus, dengue fever and yellow fever was first discovered in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said Tuesday that it has found Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in York County – about 100 miles from the capital of Omaha.
State and local officials have captured the mosquitoes during an annual effort to track the number of West Nile virus plagues in Nebraska, according to a release.
Despite fears about the spread of tropical diseases by the state, health officials say the risk of transmission is very low.
Health officials say Tuesday they discovered the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes – known for the Zika virus – in York County, Nebraska. Pictured: one of the mosquitoes in Nebraska
A. aegypti originated in Africa, but has since become one of the most common mosquito species in the world.
According to the Nebraska DHHS, it mainly bites during the day and only feeds on people.
& # 39; ONE. aegypti can carry and transmit various diseases that can have serious health consequences … and that is important for public health officials, & Dr. 39 said. Tom Safranek, state epidemiologist for the DHHS, in a statement.
The mosquitoes have not yet been tested to see if they carry the viruses that cause these diseases.
Dr. Safranek said that for a mosquito to transmit the diseases, he must bite an infected person and then bite an uninfected person.
In addition, A. aegypti can only fly about 500 feet.
& # 39; The risk of these infections for local residents is low, but also depends on the presence or arrival of an infected individual in the area, & # 39; added Dr. Safranek.
He told me Omaha World Herald that health officials were surprised to find three or four of the A. aegypti mosquitoes in traps intended for West Nile mosquitoes.
When they went back and set up traps intended for Zika mosquitoes, they captured around 40 of them.
& # 39; It was really a surprise, & # 39; said Dr. Safranek against the newspaper. & # 39; We never thought it would be a real problem for us. & # 39;
A theory about how mosquitoes arrive in Nebraska is in eggs from another state – but this has not yet been proven.
In both cases, the patients traveled to areas where the viruses are common and were not locally infected.
Health officials recommend residents protect themselves by wearing long sleeves and trousers, as well as insect spray when they go outside.
They also recommend draining stagnant water because mosquitoes are attracted to stagnant water.
The Nebraska DHHS did not immediately return the request for comment from DailyMail.com.
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