Tropical mosquitoes spread

Mild Winter and hot summer may also. in Germany the spread of some pathogens favor, found otherwise only in the tropics Scientists are increasingly observing infections with such viruses, which were previously lacking in Germany.

Larvae and eggs of mosquitoes caught by means of Goods such as flower pots to Germany, tropical mosquitoes are coming as stowaways in cars and airplanes to us. During the heat of the animals lovers were not able to reproduce here so far, the climate change in the last ten years, species such as the Japanese Bush mosquito (Aedes japonicus) and Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) in Germany increasingly have to be found and not only survive, but also to spread. "We were able to show that Chikungunya-a virus can also reproduce at relatively low temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius in the Asian tiger mosquito. A Transmission of the Chikungunya Virus in temperate regions such as in Germany, is not auszuschließen", Dr. Anna Heitmann, Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for tropical medicine in Hamburg, explained.

In Italy and France, the Asian tiger transmits mosquito is now regularly the tropical Chikungunya Virus, and Dengue fever will be observed in the South of France and Spain. In the past year, the West was found-Nil-Virus in Germany, in birds, and since it showed up this year, too, several times in birds and horses, from the fact that it has wintered with us.

Scientists from the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute a catch in Germany mosquitoes and not only check, whether exotic species are, but also examine whether the mosquito glands in their saliva, and viruses in the Luggage, you could be transferred during a blood meal.


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