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Expert warns that Zika virus mosquitoes are already in Britain

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Britain is in danger of a Zika virus. It was revealed that mosquitoes which carry the Zika virus are already in Britain.

Biologist Howard Carter says he has seen the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes near Chichester and in other areas of the British countryside.

“They are here already and I have seen them myself north of Chichester in West Sussex.

“I am aware of sightings on the Kent coast which have been reported to me so it is not a matter of if or when – they are here,” he said.

He explained the mosquitoes have arrived in the country by nestling into the grooves of car tires, where they then lay their eggs in water trapped in the rims. Carter said they could also have traveled to Britain in stagnant water in container ships.

The virus has spread across 20 countries in Central and South America, including Brazil, which is suffering a large rise in cases, with almost 1 million feared to be infected. There is no cure or treatment for the Zika virus.

Three British citizens and one Dane have reportedly caught the virus after traveling to South America. They are the only Europeans currently affected.

The World Health Organisation has warned that the Zika virus has the potential to become an “explosive pandemic”, amid concerns that it may have already crossed to the common mosquito thus increasing its chances of being spreading around the world.


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