Yellow fever mosquito found in the TRNC

The Asian tiger mosquito, which was found in Limassol, south Cyprus last month, has also been detected in the TRNC, the Turkish Cypriot association of biologists announced on Monday.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, Turkish Cypriot biologists said authorities are trying to conceal the fact that the yellow fever mosquito which is known to carry many diseases was detected in the TRNC.

The association identified the specific mosquito species following complaints by residents and called on relevant departments to take measures.

In a written statement, the Association said, 

“During the studies we have done, we have determined that the mosquitoes delivered to us from the problem areas are an invasive mosquito species. We would like to announce to our people that these findings are the first evidence that Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are also present in the TRNC, and this species, known as the "Asian Tiger Mosquito" in our country, has come to our country, even though the authorities try to hide it."

“In addition to the biological control programme, control strategies specific to invasive mosquitoes should be implemented,” the association said and noted the competent authorities should be notified as to where these mosquitoes have been found.

It was stated that since the Asian Tiger Mosquito has different behavior and biology from the known mosquitoes, classical mosquito control is not sufficient, and that in addition to the biological control program, specific control strategies should be carried out for invasive mosquitoes.

Aedes albopictus, native to southeast Asia, was also found in the Ayios Ioannis and Apostolos Andreas area of Mesa Geitonia in Limassol south Cyprus. 

These types of mosquitos are not concerning, as the diseases they carry do not appear in Cyprus.

According to the University of California Riverside’s department of entomology, this mosquito is an aggressive biter that feeds primarily during the day and has a broad host range including humans, domestic and wild animals, and birds. It is a potential vector of encephalitis, dengue (all four serotypes), yellow fever and dog heartworm.

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