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  • Evidence shows mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika virus may have colony in Ontario

    Evidence shows mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika virus may have colony in Ontario

    The insects tested negative for both the Zika and West Nile virus

    By Dan Taekema, CBC News Posted: Aug 16, 2017 2:17 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 16, 2017 2:57 PM ET

    A mosquito species capable of transmitting the Zika virus and other tropical diseases may have established a colony in southwestern Ontario, a development that could mean changes for Canadian healthcare providers.

    Two adult Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, were recently trapped in Windsor-Essex, following the 17 found last year, according to the area's health unit.

    Staff are not sure how the insects arrived in Ontario, but the region's acting medical officer of health said evidence suggests the mosquitoes may have hatched in the Windsor area.

    "Seeing them this early, we're more concerned about an established population here," said Dr. Wajid Ahmed, explaining that last year the insects were found in mid-October.

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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windso...ario-1.4249459
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