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Brazilian scientists identify another type of Zika-transmitting mosquito

Brazilian researchers on 21 July 2016 announced that they have found another species of mosquito, which is able to transmit the Zika virus to humans.

•    The scientists found the presence of the Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito infected by the Zika virus in three out of 80 groups of mosquitoes analysed up until now.
•    The 80 groups were from the metropolitan area of Recife, Brazil.
•    Until now, transmission of the virus was only known through the Aedes aegypti mosquitos, which are also responsible for the spread of dengue and chikungunya.
•    The Culex quinquefasciatus is known as domestic mosquito in Brazil.
•    It is a medium-sized mosquito found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world.
•    It is the vector of Wuchereria bancrofti, avian malaria and arboviruses.
•    Its genome was sequenced in 2010, and was shown to have 18883 protein-coding genes.

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