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Yellow Fever Mosquito Shows Up in Northern Europe

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Science  13 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5993, pp. 736
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5993.736

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In the latest display of mosquitoes' predilection for modern travel, entomologists have found a small colony of the tropical species Aedes aegypti—also known as the yellow fever mosquito—in the Netherlands. The insects were found on and near two facilities of a company that imports used tires and presumably originated in the hot southern part of the United States. Aedes aegypti is an important vector not just of yellow fever but also of two other viral diseases, dengue and chikungunya.