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Aussie Mozzie Found in L.A. County

Jason Farned, a spokesman for the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District, reported that an Australian mosquito capable of transmitting viruses to humans and heartworm to dogs was found in the San Gabriel Valley, according to the L.A. Times.

Aedes notoscriptus, nicknamed the “Aussie Mozzie”, infects humans with the Barmah Forest and Ross River viruses, both of which are non-lethal. However, because it is able to infect dogs with heartworm, it may be a concern for pet owners and vets.

It is reported that they are a lot like the Asian tiger mosquito, which was first found in Southern California in 2011. They both bite during the day but the Asian tiger mosquito are a much bigger threat since it is capable of spreading debilitating diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya virus.