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Troublesome Australian mosquito found in LA County

MONTEREY PARK (CNS) – An Australian mosquito capable of transmitting
viruses to humans and considered a major contributor to heartworm in dogs was
discovered at homes in Monterey Park and Montebello, vector-control officials
said today.
It’s unclear if the discovery of the mosquito — formally known as Aedes
notoscriptus but referred to as “Aussie Mozzie” — presents a public health
risk, but due to its effect on dogs, it could cause concerns for pet owners,
officials said. The discovery is believed to be the first instance of the
Aussie Mozzie being found in North America, officials said.
“This is one of the most widespread pest mosquitoes in Australia and,Peri
as well as being a nuisance-biting pest, has been implicated with mosquito-
borne disease outbreaks in our cities,” said Dr. Cameron Webb of the Marie
Bashir Institute of Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity at the University of
Sydney, Australia.
One of the mosquitoes was initially found in June, but officials were
not able to positively identify it. Another was found in August after a
Montebello resident called authorities about the black-and-white striped pest.
Southland vector-control officials said they do not consider the
discovery of the pest to be a “pressing threat.” The mosquitoes prefer to lay
their eggs in smaller containers of water and they bite most aggressively in
the afternoons and evenings. The mosquitoes have been known to transfer viruses
such as Barmah Forest and Ross River to humans.
Local authorities said they believe the more pressing threat locally is
the Asian tiger mosquito, which has been the target of eradication efforts that
began in 2011. The mosquito can transmit diseases such as dengue and
chikungunya, although there have been no records of such viruses being
transmitted locally.

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Australian mosquito tracked in LA County
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Australian mosquito tracked in LA County
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An Australian mosquito capable of transmitting viruses to humans and considered a major contributor to heartworm in dogs was discovered at homes in Monterey Park and Montebello, vector-control officials said today.
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