Disease carrying mosquito found in Kern County

Published 08/15 2014 06:29PM

Updated 08/15 2014 06:55PM

BAKERSFIELD, CA - A mosquito that can carry deadly diseases like yellow fever has been found in Kern County. Health officials say the insect was discovered Monday in Arvin.

Kern Public Health officials say the good news is the mosquito was not carrying the deadly disease yellow fever, dengue or chikungunya. But the concern is if this mosquito bites someone who has those illnesses the insect could spread the deadly diseases quickly. The mosquito is know as the Aedes Aegypti.

It's small with specific white markings and is native to Africa. While the bug itself is not deadly it is a carrier of diseases like yellow fever which causes flu-like symptoms and can be deadly. The mosquito was found in Fresno, Madera and San Mateo counties last year. Then Monday it was found in Arvin. Public health officials are hoping the mosquito was passing through not part of an established Kern County colony because in addition to being a carrier this mosquito bites often.
"This particular mosquito like to bite during the daytime as well so dusk and dawn as well as during the day around the clock we need to start doing our prevention," said Claudia Jonah of Kern County Public Health.

Public health officials say there are a few things you can do to prevent the outbreak of the Aede Aegypti. This includes wearing repellent, covering yourself as much as possible and eliminate standing water especially in your yard. If you see this mosquito you are urged to call the Kern County Mosquito and Vector Control District at 589-2744.

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