'Sneaky' mosquito capable of carrying Zika virus found in Windsor

By Kelly Steele, Ottawa Citizen, August 22, 2017

The mosquito species capable of carrying the Zika virus — a “sneaky” daytime biter — was discovered last week in Windsor, the first known adult mosquito of its kind to be found in Canada, the local health unit reported Tuesday.

An adult Aedes aegypti mosquito, commonly known as the yellow fever mosquito, and the species responsible for the majority of human cases of Zika virus infections in the Caribbean, South America and Florida, was found in a single mosquito trap somewhere in the city. The Windsor Essex County Health Unit would not reveal the location, but the mosquito tested negative for Zika virus and West Nile virus.


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