The yellow fever mosquito, shown in a file photo, has been found in Commerce and Pico Rivera. It is capable of transmitting viruses including dengue and yellow fever, but officials say those viruses aren’t currently present in L.A. County. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
A new aggressive daytime-biting mosquito capable of transmitting debilitating and possibly deadly viruses has been found in the Los Angeles region, officials announced Wednesday.
Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, the insects were found Oct. 7 and 8 in Commerce and Pico Rivera, respectively, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.
The Aedes aegypti species, which has black and white stripes and grows to about a quarter-inch in size, can transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever — viruses that can cause painful symptoms including headaches and high fever, officials said.
Written by VERONICA ROCHA
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