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Mosquito capable of transmitting Zika virus found in Dane County, officials say

MADISON, Wis. - A mosquito capable of transmitting the Zika virus has been found in Dane County, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Medical Entomology Laboratory and health officials from the Department of Health Services and Public Health Madison-Dane County announced Monday that the Aedes albopictus mosquito was found in Dane County.

“This is the first documentation of this species of mosquito in Wisconsin,” officials said in a release.

Officials said they found three Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in the county.

This mosquito is capable of spreading Zika virus, but there is no evidence of Zika-infected mosquitoes in Wisconsin, officials said.

The discovery of the mosquito is unlikely to indicate an elevated risk of locally transmitted Zika virus in Wisconsin, according to the release.

Zika virus is primarily spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which survives in warmer climates, and has not been found in Wisconsin or any neighboring states, officials said.


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