The Asian Tiger Mosquito

Aedes_Albopictus

The latest scourge

Named for its arresting stripes and aggressive nature.  Not only does this fellow carry the diseases mentioned above you can add: West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, 2 types of Encephalitis and one you may not have heard of – the “CHIKUNGUNYA VIRUS”.  None of these diseases are pleasant, but this is one you don’t want to get.

The word “Chikungunya” emanates from Africa and roughly translates as “that which bends up”.

The symptoms are fever, muscle fatigue and severe joint pain.  This arthritic pain can last up to 2 years.  Cases in Australia have increased dramatically last year with most infections coming out of Bali. And the difference with the Asian Tiger Mosquito is that it will bite during the day where most of the others are active just after dusk and before dawn.


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