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Updated: 04/20/2017 08:30:02AM

Zika discovered in second mosquito species

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University of Florida researches have found the Zika virus in RNA of the Aedes albopictus species of mosquito (pictured). The disease is most commonly associated with the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

by Brad Buck

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A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences molecular biologist has found Zika RNA in a type of mosquito not often associated with the virus.

UF/IFAS entomology associate professor Chelsea Smartt led a research team that found Zika RNA in Aedes albopictus. That’s not the species — known as Aedes aegypti —most often associated with Zika. But scientists have never discounted Aedes albopictus as another possible carrier of the potentially deadly virus.

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