Zika Found in Common House Mosquitoes in Brazil

It seems the Zika virus is showing no signs of slowing in Brazil, where researchers have found that the virus is present even in many house mosquitoes. These mosquitoes, known as Culex, are the most common and have been spotted in the city of Recife. While it has been confirmed that Culex are carrying the potentially deadly virus, scientists say that more studies need to be done in order to determine if the Culex can indeed spread the virus. [1]

Researchers collected 5,000 common mosquitoes in Recife where people had contracted the Zika virus. They found that 86 percent of them were of the Culex variety.

Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that they cannot definitively warn the public against the mosquitoes, this could be incredibly useful, and scary. Culex mosquitoes have a population that is 20 times great than the population of Aedes aegypti, in the Recife area. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes


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