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The State Of Mosquitos In Southern California Right Now And The Dark Road We May Be Buzzing Down
If pesky mosquitos are buzzing around your house and yards, you’re not alone. There are two populations you need to worry about in the region. That’s Culex mosquitoes, which is native to the region and Aedes mosquitoes, which are not. The Culex can carry the deadly West Nile Virus. The Aedes can carry a variety of dangerous diseases like dengue, chikungunya, Zika, and yellow fever. They’re believed to have made their way in 2001 and are often known as ankle biters. These invasive mosquitoes tend to increase their prevalence (and annoyance) right around this time in the summer. Experts say to be proactive in trying to prevent breeding grounds and bites, but there is concern about how mosquito populations are evolving and the potential for future epidemics or even pandemics spread by the dangerous pests. Anais Medina Diaz, public information officer at the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, and Omar Akbari, a professor of cell and developmental biology at UC San Diego, join guest host Sharon McNary to discuss. If you have questions, call 866-893-5722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DescriptionThe pandemic was devastating in every possible way. It gutted families with death and horrible illness, it was rough on economies worldwide, and epidemiologists say mosquitoes could repeat that and worse.
California finds itself in the cross-hairs of this winged menace.
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