Mosquito species capable of carrying Zika virus caught in ON.




An adult mosquito belonging to the species of the insect responsible for the majority of Zika cases has been caught in Canada for the first time in Windsor, but the insect captured isn’t carrying the virus.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit said one of their mosquito traps recently caught an adult Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Public Health Canada says there are currently no reported cases of Zika virus being transmitted by mosquitos in Canada.

Dr.Wajid Ahmed  said that Aedes aegypti mosquitos have hitched rides into colder climates in shipping containers in the past. He pointed out, that Windsor is a hub for shipping between Canada and the United States adding that Windsor also saw the first cases of West Nile virus in Canada.