Asian tiger mosquito found in MI, no evidence of Zika

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The invasive Asian tiger mosquito, which is capable of spreading the Zika virus, has been found in Michigan.

But officials emphasized there is no evidence of Zika or other exotic virus-infected mosquitoes in Michigan or the United States this year.

Officials from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Wayne County Health Department announced the mosquito was identified on August 16 in southern Romulus.

“Finding Asian tiger mosquitoes in Michigan is no reason for great concern. Many of our neighboring states have found them previously, and have not seen Zika transmission from this species,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “However, it is always a good idea to take precautions against mosquito bites, since other mosquito species can carry diseases like West Nile virus.”

The presence of the mosquito was discovered in Michigan for the first time in 2017.

Recently the species has been found in Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Windsor, Ontario.

Meantime, MDHHS recently confirmed 10 human cases of West Nile Virus for 2018, which has resulted in two deaths; one in Wayne County and a second in Kent County.

This year, 69 birds have tested positive for WNV from 21 of Michigan’s 83 counties.

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