In the west of Germany, in Hesse, Asian tiger mosquitoes have appeared. This invasive species is considered a potential carrier of dangerous diseases. A few years ago, mosquitoes were dubbed “the world’s deadliest animals” by Bill Gates.
Dangerous specimens have been found in Floersheim am Main and Hirschhorn in Hesse.
“Vigilant citizens recognized them and sent the small insects to the appropriate authorities,” said the Hessian Environment Ministry in Wiesbaden.
According to the Institute of Tropical Medicine Bernhard Nochta (BNITM), the Asian tiger mosquito is a carrier of various tropical viral diseases, especially dengue fever, writes the German daily Frankfurter Rundschau.
“As a result of the globalization of international trade in goods, the mosquito has spread from Asia to a large part of the world. The Asian tiger mosquito has also established itself in some European countries south of the Alps. However, for a mosquito to transmit the disease, it would first need to bite a human carrying the appropriate virus,” he explains. newspaper.
The Asian tiger mosquito in Germany. “There is no need to panic”
Research by BNITM has shown that, for example, the Zika virus can be transmitted by the tiger mosquito, but for this to happen, the temperature must be at least 27 degrees Celsius for a period of at least 14 days. “Such a value, despite the hot summer, almost never occurred in our country,” notes Frankfurter Rundschau. Therefore “no need to panic for now”.
As of 2018, these “ten-millimeter black and white patterned mosquitoes have already been found in Hesse. However, the risk of tiger mosquito transmission is low,” says the Ministry of the Environment. The monitoring system will closely monitor the mosquito spread so that timely preventive measures can be taken. However, people who are particularly bitten by mosquitoes should be especially careful, added the daily Frankfurter Rundschau.
The mosquito – “the deadliest animal in the world”
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, warned against mosquitoes in 2014. It was he who called them “the deadliest animal in the world” on his blog.
“There are over 2,500 species of mosquitoes. They are found in every region of the world except Antarctica. At their peak breeding periods, they outnumber any other animal on Earth, except termites and ants. They were responsible for tens of thousands of deaths during the construction of the Panama Canal,” Bill wrote on the blog Gates. He emphasized that mosquitoes not only transmit malaria, but also the dengue virus. He substantiated his thesis with data from the World Health Organization (WHO), which shows that an average of 600,000 people die of malaria every year.
PAP, gatesnotes.com, Frankfurter Rundschau
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