Tiger mosquito in Algeria: important press release from the Pasteur Institute

Today, Sunday, the Pasteur Institute confirmed that the tiger mosquito is now invading most of northern Algeria. The Institut Pasteur indicated today in a press release on its official page that this species was reported for the first time in 2010 in the wilaya of Tizi Ouzou.

The press release from the Institut Pasteur also indicates that the real composition of this dangerous mosquito was only found in 2015 in Ain Al-Turk, in the state of Oran. The institute provided some information about the tiger mosquito, namely that it has adapted to various environments, especially in urban areas, where it breeds in water and only needs small amounts of water. water to lay its eggs, and it feeds on humans.

The Pasteur Institute specifies that in 10 years, the tiger mosquito has finally settled in Algeria and has invaded 60% of the northern regions of the country.

What is the tiger mosquito?

Originally from the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, the tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has adapted to various environments, and in particular to the urban environment by taking advantage of a multitude of containers (vases, pots, cans, gutters, etc.) , in which it lays its eggs in small amounts of water. Opportunistic anthropophilia, the tiger mosquito likes to feed on humans.

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The species is now established in more than 100 countries on the 5 continents. This expansion, mainly linked to international trade, has earned it the status of being one of the most invasive species in the world thanks to its adaptability to regions with cold winters. In mainland France, at the end of 2021, the tiger mosquito is present in 67 departments.

Can transmit viruses such as dengue, chikungunya or Zika to humans.

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