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Two More Mosquitoes Known To Transmit Zika Virus Found

Tuesday October 11th, 2016, 3:20pm


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Two additional Aedes albopictus mosquitoes have been trapped since last week, and have tested negative for the Zika virus.

This brings the total of Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, trapped to six.

The Health Unit says that all of the mosquitoes have been found in a single local mosquito trap in Windsor over a four week time period during routine monitoring and surveillance for West Nile virus.

“The finding of these mosquitoes 3 times in last 4 weeks may mean that the species has established a breeding ground around the trap. We will continue to update the community on the total number of Aedes albopictus mosquitoes trapped this season and the Zika virus laboratory test results on these mosquitoes.” said Dr. Kirk.

“We continue to believe there is no current increased risk to the Windsor-Essex County population for the transmission of Zika virus and, accordingly, would recommend no additional Zika virus testing for Windsor-Essex County residents beyond the current guidelines, “ he added.

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