The Asian Tiger mosquito is a bearer of Dengue Fever.
Dengue is a viral infection spread by mosquitoes. In sundry people the infection is mild and passes in about a week without grounding any lasting problems but in rare cases it can be very serious and potentially life-threatening.
Characteristic ofs of the condition are similar to that of Zika – including a high temperature, a austere headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, tender-hearted sick or being sick, a widespread red rash and a loss of appetite.
In October ultimately year, fifteen people in Stanford, Kent, were delivered letters important them that Asian Tiger Mosquito eggs had been inaugurate near their properties.
The eggs are believed to have been establish at an M20 motorway services – leading experts to believe they could fool come over in lorries from the continent.
“It could happen this summer or next summer, but it’s a invalid of when, rather than if,” Clive Boase, a consultant for the British Nudzh Control Association (BPCA), told Kent Live.
Mr Boase on guarded it was highly likely the mosquito could breed before it was detected.
He reckoned: “The discovery of the mosquito in Kent last year is extremely unlikely to hold been a one-off event.
“It has already spread across mainland Europe, so it’s perhaps only a matter of time before it establishes a colony over here.
“And it’s a enigma waiting to happen because a major infestation in an urban area determination be very difficult to eliminate.”
Last year Shepway District Caucus asked Cannon Pest Control to visit the properties and spray districts in people’s gardens that may contain the eggs.
Despite a wide allotment of Aedes albopictus – the full name for the Asian tiger mosquito in Europe in year, there have been no reports of Zika transmission by the mosquitos. Zika is spread by the Aedes aegypti.
The Tiger, which has dark and white stripes is unlike other mosquitos, as it can bite during the day.
Beg at the time, Jolyon Medlock, Head of Medical Entomology at Public Healthiness England said, “We regularly monitor mosquito species and look for any which are new to the UK.
“Wholly these activities we identified a small number of eggs from the Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger) mosquito in one panoply in Kent.
“Enhanced monitoring of the area was implemented and no further evidence of this mosquito has so far been ground.
“As a precaution we advised the local authority to use insecticide as a means of control and wishes continue to monitor the situation closely through our surveillance system. There is currently no danger to public health in the UK.”