New dangerous African mosquito inches its way to Yucatán

Aedes vittatus is capable of transmitting several diseases to human beings. Photo: File
Aedes vittatus is capable of transmitting several diseases to human beings. Photo: File

Scientists warn that a new species of mosquito could soon make its way to Yucatán. 

The species, known as Aedes vittatus, originates from Africa, but specimens have already been identified in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

The mosquito is believed to have made its way to the Caribbean through shipping vessels. 

The presence of this mosquito has caused alarm among scientists who study tropical diseases. 

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A demonstrated human-biter, Aedes vittatus is capable of transmitting several diseases such as yellow fever, zika, dengue and chikungunya.

“Without a doubt, the presence of this species could cause a shift in the way diseases are spread in the region. It really has the potential to become a real problem,” said entomologist Pedro M. Alarcón-Elbal.

Fully grown specimens are easy to identify thanks to the contrast between their black thorax and a white pattern, which resembles scales.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.