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There’s Another Mosquito Carrying Zika Virus
submitted by Alicia Juarrero
Zika Found in Common Backyard Asian Tiger Mosquito
nbcnews.com - by Maggie Fox - April 14, 2017
A common backyard mosquito can be infected with the Zika virus and it may pass the virus along in its eggs, researchers reported Friday.
The findings add to worries that the Asian tiger mosquito, scientifically known as Aedes albopictus, could help spread the virus as mosquito season hits temperate regions of the world.
The study, published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, doesn't prove that tiger mosquitoes can spread Zika, which causes severe birth defects. But it adds to evidence that they might.