UTMB researchers have found that the common Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito does not carry the Zika virus, according to the latest research by the Zika research team at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
The UTMB team made their results public before publication in a scientific journal to help mosquito control efforts in North America in response to the recent arrival of the Zika virus.
Different types of mosquitoes are active at different times of the day and in different areas, so knowing which mosquito is able to spread the Zika virus can be important in controlling the spread of the virus. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which does carry the Zika virus, is active during the day and often lives inside homes. The Culex most often feeds at dusk and dawn.
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