Which Mosquito is Responsible for the Large-Scale Outbreaks?
As many of you already realize, the most devastating outbreaks of the Zika virus have occurred in South and Central America as well as the Caribbean’s, while the United States is quickly mobilizing the best preventative methods to avoid similar devastation. However, despite the best efforts on the part of health officials and scientists, the particular species of mosquito that is responsible for the greatest amount of infection had yet to be determined. But now it seems as though public health officials have nabbed their culprit.
Public health officials had long suspected the particular species of mosquito known as Aedes aegypti. This species has already been found to be largely responsible for the most rapid transmission of other insect-borne diseases such as Dengue and Yellow Fever.
Entomologists captured thousands of mosquitos and found A. Aegypti to be the most numerous of the mosquitoes caught, as well as the most infected. This is likely due to the fact that this mosquito is very common in Latin America. And Latin America has had to suffer much more terrible consequences than any other continent.
Hundreds of thousands of Latinos have been infected since the outbreak, which leads entomologist to believe that the A. Aegypti is the most deadly carrier of all Zika carrying mosquitos. Extermination efforts will now be focusing on this particular mosquito, as it seems to cause more Zika outbreaks than any other mosquito on earth. So if Latin public health officials manage to contain or exterminate this deadly species, then it follows that the rest of the world will feel some relief. The question is how can they be killed? I do know that a great big fly swatter won’t do the trick.
Do you think pinpointing the exact species of mosquito spreading the disease will help scientists develop cures and better treatment? In what way?