Asian Tiger Mosquitoes


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    • Recently, a man from Germany underwent the worst experience of his life after he was bitten by an Asian tiger mosquito.

    Asian Tiger Mosquito

    • Also known as Aedes Albopictus and the forest mosquito.  Tiger mosquito is an exotic species that get their “tiger” name from the single white stripe down the center of their head and back.
    • Location:
      • Native to the tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia
      • Later, it spread to many countries in Europe as well.
    • Characteristics:
      • usually bites during the daytime,
      • Hosts many viral pathogens, including the yellow fever virus, Chikungunya fever as well as filarial nematodes like Dirofilaria immitis, and Zika virus.
      • Also a carrier of dengue fever
    • Common signs and symptoms:
      • Several stomach-aches
      • Persistent vomiting and nausea
      • Breathlessness
      • Bleeding through gums and nose
      • Fatigue and constant tiredness
    • Concern:
      • According to the WHO, the number of reported dengue cases has increased over eight-fold over the last two decades, from 505,430 cases in 2000 to over 5.2 million in 2021.
    • Prevention and Control:
      • Prevention of mosquito breeding, 
      • preventing mosquitoes from accessing egg-laying habitats, 
      • disposing of waste properly, 
      • Covering, emptying, and cleaning domestic water storage containers every week, 
      • Wearing clothing that minimizes skin exposure to mosquitoes, and 
      • educating the community on the risks of mosquito-borne diseases.

    Source: timesnow