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Asian Tiger Mosquito

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Asian Tiger Mosquito
Scientific Name:
Aedes albopictus (Skuse, 1895) (ITIS; name is valid but unverified)
Common Name:
Asian tiger mosquito
Photo:
Asian Tiger Mosquito, adult - Photo by Susan Ellis

Spotlights

  • Vermont Department of Health.

    State Agriculture and Health officials announced that the Asian Tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has been identified for the first time in Vermont. This normally tropical/subtropical species is a known disease vector for Zika, chikungunya and dengue viruses, infecting humans in countries where these diseases are present. The mosquitoes found in Vermont do not currently carry these viruses. Natalie Kwit, public health veterinarian with the Vermont Department of Health, said that while the discovery of Aedes albopictus in the state is notable, Vermont's climate is currently inhospitable for the mosquito species for most of the year, making it unlikely they will be spreading new diseases here any time soon. "The diseases they can carry are not endemic to our area, and in fact are rarely found anywhere in the United States," said Kwit. For more information, visit Vermont's Mosquito Surveillance Program.

  • DOI. United States Geological Survey.

    The Asian tiger mosquito can carry dread diseases like Zika, and yellow and dengue fever. After it vanished from Palmyra Atoll, an island in the tropical Pacific, USGS researchers and partners set out to find out why.

Native To:
Date of U.S. Introduction:
Late 1800s (Hawaii); 1985 (Continental U.S.) (Moore and Mitchell 1997)
Means of Introduction:
Arrived accidentally in tires imported from Asia (Moore and Mitchell 1997)
Impact:
Has aggressive daytime human-biting behavior and ability to vector many viruses, including West Nile virus (Benedict et al. 2007)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status

  • DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    CDC has updated the estimated range maps for Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus mosquitoes by using a model that predicts possible geographic ranges for these mosquitoes in the contiguous United States. The model used county-level records, historical records, and suitable climate variables to predict the likelihood (very low, low, moderate, or high) that these mosquitoes could survive and reproduce if introduced to an area during the months when mosquitoes are locally active.

  • DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Maps updated to present. Select data by disease (WN), vector (mosquito), state, and year (includes historical data from 2003).

  • DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Includes final annual and cumulative maps & data from 1999.

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Selected Resources

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Partnership

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Federal Government

International Government

European Union. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

State and Local Government

Illinois Department of Public Health. Environmental Health Protection.

Maryland Department of Agriculture. Plant Industries and Pest Management.

Academic

Rutgers State University of New Jersey. Center for Vector Biology.

University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.

University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY632
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source - publication resources

Clemson University. Home and Garden Information Center.

See also: Complete List of HGIC Fact Sheets for other vectors/pests

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