THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY VECTOR CONTROL DISTRICT JOINS THE SAN MATEO VECTOR CONTROL DISTRICT TO FIGHT AEDES AEGYPTI, A NEW INVASIVE AND DISEASE CARRYING MOSQUITO SPECIES
Following the detection of Aedes aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito) in Menlo Park on August 2013, the Santa Clara County Vector Control District (SCCVCD), in coordination with the San Mateo Vector Control District (SMVCD), has started a monitoring program to early detect and treat any invasion of this mosquito species.
This mosquito is not native to California and is an efficient carrier of diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya. Aedes aegypti is a small, dark mosquito with white markings and banded legs. It may be active around dusk but bites most often during the day and readily enters homes.
Aedes aegypti joins Aedes albopictus (the Asian Tiger mosquito) as a new vector and public health threat in California. Just two years ago, the Aedes albopictus was found in the cities of El Monte and South El Monte in Los Angeles County. The day-biting Asian Aedes albopictus is characterized by its small size and the black and white stripes across its body and legs. This mosquito also can transmit various vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya. Since its detection in 2011, Southern California mosquito control agencies have been working aggressively to control and eradicate this invasive species.
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