Culex Lactator is the Newfound Mosquito Species That Triggers Concerns

Culex Lactator is the Newfound Mosquito Species That Triggers Concerns
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Mosquitoes can be dangerous to humans because they are known carriers of various diseases that can cause serious illness or even death. Mosquito-borne diseases include malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile virus, chikungunya, Zika virus, and several types of encephalitis. These diseases are transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes, which inject the disease-causing pathogens into the person’s bloodstream.

Symptoms of mosquito-borne illnesses can range from mild flu-like symptoms to severe neurological or cardiac conditions, depending on the specific disease. Malaria, for example, can cause high fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms, and if left untreated, it can lead to complications such as anemia, kidney failure, and coma. Zika virus can cause birth defects in pregnant women and severe neurological complications in adults.

Culex lactator is found in Florida

WPTV informs about a new species of mosquito, Culex lactator, which has made a permanent home in at least three counties in Florida, with “thriving populations” recorded in Miami-Dade, Collier, and Lee counties. Researchers are concerned about the potential disease risk to humans, as the mosquito species is from Central America and northern South America, and there hasn’t been enough research on it.

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Due to Florida’s tropical climate, it faces challenges from various mosquito-transmitted diseases like West Nile virus, dengue, and chikungunya. Climate change could contribute to the factors to make tropical mosquito species becoming established once they arrive in Florida. Residents are reminded to remove standing water from their property to prevent mosquito breeding grounds.

Lawrence Reeves, the lead author of the new study, explains as WPTV quotes:

Introductions of new mosquito species like this are concerning because many of our greatest mosquito-related challenges are the result of nonnative mosquitoes,

It’s difficult to anticipate what to expect when we know so little about a mosquito species.

Therefore, it is important to take measures to protect against mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito hours. Additionally, reducing mosquito breeding sites, such as standing water, can help control mosquito populations in an area.


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Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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