Aedes

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Several species of mosquito, cf Anopheles. See also mosquito

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Aedes:From Ancient Greek ἀηδής (aēdḗs, “unpleasant, odious”)
  • Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito)
    • Distribution potentially worldwide, it is likely to recolonise cooler climes with climate change and lapsing of pesticide and other control measures that eliminated it from former habitats. Because it is adapted to both live in human environments and humans are the primary host it is the primary arbovirus victor worldwide.
    • Primary vector of dengue, and yellow fever. Transmits effectively and in much of world has become primary vector for:
    • Females active in daylight and readily enter buildings
    • Breeds in any reasonably calm water

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Aedes:From Ancient Greek ἀηδής (aēdḗs, “unpleasant, odious”)
albo- means "white"; pictus means "painted"
The name describes a mosquito that appears to have white stripes painted on it
  • Aedes albopictus (asian tiger mosquito, the banded mosquito of Bengal) which is the vector for many significant arboviruses has internationalised its distribution worryingly. In 1980 it was found in Indian Ocean around southern Eastern Africa and Madagascar, South East Asia in a belt from India through Burma to Philippines and Borneo and in Japan and Manchuria but now it is found throughout North America, Central Americia, much of South Americia, Southern Europe, Equatorial West Africa, China and Mongolia, Australia and New Guinea. It continues to spread.By October 2016 it had reached Folkestone, Kent in the UK.


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