January 11, 2017

More mosquitoes?

Just when my Zika-phobia was lessening, I read that two non-native mosquitoes (formerly common only in Central and South America) are now making their homes in south Florida, according to recent findings by folks at the University of Florida. And one of these mosquitoes is from a species that transmits Everglades encephalitis virus--for which there is no vaccine. And that makes NINE new non-native mosquito species there in the last decade.

Sure makes our Virginia chiggers seem more benign.