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Mosquitoes Common in the U.S. Can Transmit Disease-Causing Virus Endemic to Asia
Date:8/22/2012

ult mosquitoes, and then fed females a "blood meal" with CHIKV. This viral strain is nearly identical to viral strains from India that have infected people arriving in the U.S. with a CHIKV infection.

Vaidyanathan also identified demographic factors that could contribute to a potential transmission of mosquito-borne infections.  Densely populated areas and areas close to major airports would be vulnerable to CHIKV transmission. Another important factor to consider is the number of home foreclosures in an area, because such homes often fall into disrepair and may include flooded basements, clogged rain gutters, and yards full of trash, all which can provide pools of stagnant water ideal for Asian tiger mosquitoes.

This SRI International research was funded predominantly by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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