Nov 1, 2017

Malaria mosquito species found in Ireland

Ireland
by
Eilish O'Regan
,
Independent.ie

Health inspectors have found 53 different species of mosquitoes in Ireland, including forms that spread malaria and the West Nile virus.

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They include Anopheles plumbeus, which has been shown to be a "reasonably good transmitter of malaria".

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Mosquitoes like high temperatures, so climate change, with wet and warmer weather, has been blamed for making parts of Europe a more friendly habitat. The health inspectors said the peak period for specimen collection last year was August and September.

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said there were not enough mosquitoes in Ireland to carry infected blood.

Large numbers are need to sustain spread of infection. The climate is still too cold for them to multiply.