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UTMB Researchers Find That Common Culex Mosquito Does Not Carry Zika

Updated 627 days ago

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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Article written by Raul Reyes

Raul Reyes, director of media relations at UTMB, has an extensive background in communications with more than 30 years experience in journalism. Before joining UTMB in 2007, he was an editor at The New York Times and also worked as an editor at the Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News. When he and his wife, Linda, worked at the Houston Chronicle in the 1980s, they used to dream about living and working in Galveston. Some things do come true. Raul is at UTMB and Linda edits a couple of Dallas magazines from their home in Galveston.