LiveMD introduces you to the mosquito responsible for the Zika virus.
Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are the scientific names of the mosquitos that are to blame for the spread of the Zika virus. These mosquitos are found primarily in the southern hemisphere in South America and Africa. During the recent outbreak, it seems that these mosquitoes may be moving further north into Central and North America and some regions in Europe. The cause for this northern migration may be due to the warming El Nino effects happening this year and overall climate change as global temperatures increase.
This particular species of mosquitos is the same breed that can also spread dengue fever and chikungunya and although they can bite at night, are usually seen during the day time.
Why is there a current outbreak of this species?
Again, due to the warmer weather that has been felt globally this year, there has also been an increase in rainfall. This type of mosquito typically lay their eggs in standing water. Large puddles, buckets, pots or anything that has collected rainwater is the perfect place for them to lay their eggs. The more precipitation there is, the greater the opportunity for these mosquitos to lay their eggs and multiply.
How can I prevent getting bitten?
One of the best ways to decrease the amount of mosquitos in your area and to help prevent an outbreak is to get rid of any standing water on, or around, your property. Dump all pots, barrels, dishes and buckets immediately after a rainfall and if animals are kept outside, change their water frequently to prevent eggs from being able to hatch.
Also, wear protective, long sleeved clothing or clothes that have been treated with insecticide. Apply bug spray before going outside and use mosquito nets while sleeping. These pests also love to be around humans so keep doors and windows closed to avoid having them follow you inside.
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