Seeing the Woods

A blog by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

Snapshot: Invasive Tiger Mosquito at the Deutsches Museum

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Yes, we’ve all heard about invasive species being one of the challenges of the future, but does it really concern us individually? It does—when it means that we are legally required to cut down old and beloved trees in our garden because they may be infested with the Asian long-horned beetle, or if our health, and that of our children, may be in danger. The tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is one of the fastest spreading animal species over the last two decades and has increasingly been seen in southern Europe. It is believed that the larvae were carried from Asia in water trapped in stacked car tires that were transported to Europe. The Asian tiger mosquito has long been known to spread diseases like yellow fever, dengue fever, and Chikungunya fever, but recently it has also been connected with the Zika virus, which has spread in Latin America and may be responsible for severe birth defects.

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