The Aedes aegypti Mosquito Was a Problem Way Before the Zika Virus
By Richard Levine
Today I wrote a guest article for the Oxford University Press blog.
What do Napoléon Bonaparte, Walter Reed, the Panama Canal, and the Zika virus all have in common?
The answer is the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the primary vector of yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, and the Zika virus.
The ability to transmit these and other viruses makes Aedes aegypti one of the deadliest animals in the world.
Richard Levine is Communications Program Manager at the Entomological Society of America and editor of the Entomology Today Blog.