The mosquito that transmits dengue might not be the only insect that makes people ill in Florida. In South Florida were discovered 2 other tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes. This is the first time these mosquitoes were found in the US.
The tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes were trapped near Florida’s Everglades. Scientists are now alarmed due to this news. They believe that these mosquitoes could increase the risk of diseases and infections.
Despite the fact that these mosquitoes were found, health officials mentioned that there is no need to worry yet. These mosquitoes were found by a group of researchers from the University of Florida. They mentioned that these newly found tropical mosquitoes are able to carry viruses to humans.
These two mosquitoes are usually found in South and Central America. The researchers mentioned that most of them stay on plants in South Florida and they are increasing in numbers rapidly. This is why the researchers are concerned.
More mosquitoes mean more chances of diseases and infections for people in Florida. They are also concerned because nobody was expecting to found these tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes.
The researchers added that the environmental changes might have been the ones that caused these mosquitoes to settle in Florida. These changes made the environment more accessible for these insects.
These two tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes were found by accident. Nathan Burkett-Cadena was the ones that trapped these mosquitoes while he was looking for marsh mosquitoes. He and Erik Blosser, his assistant, were looking for the marsh mosquitoes in order to make a research and instead they found these tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes.
This type of mosquitoes is very dangerous because they can transmit diseases like Zika and dengue virus. These two diseases have affected the United States killing a lot of people last year. The researchers are alarmed because they don’t know what diseases these mosquitoes can transmit to people.
Another problem is that the mosquitoes that are responsible for spreading Venezuelan equine encephalitis were found in the country too. This news is concerning for scientists and people are advised to avoid contact with insects in order to stay healthy.
Did you know that these two tropical mosquitoes were found in Florida? Do you think that they will cause another epidemic?
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