Last year, the tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), originating in Asia, permanently established 51 of the 101 French departments. In 2017, scientists recorded their occurrence in only 42 administrative units. In addition to practically the whole of southern France, there is a mosquito, for example, in the department of Aisne in the north, which borders Belgium.
The tiger mosquito can transmit viruses that cause fever, joint pain, headaches and muscles. In the European part of France, it appeared for the first time in 2004 in Nice. Above all, global warming and intensified international transport contribute to the spread of tiger mosquitoes.
Map of the tiger mosquito in France. It is common and active in the red living areas, it is sporadic in departments marked with orange and has not been registered in white.
PHOTO: Minister of solidarity and solidarity
Each individual of this type of mosquito is not necessarily carrying any of these viruses, only happens when sucking the blood of an infected person, mainly outside of Europe. Since the first appearance of a tiger mosquito fifteen years ago, authorities recorded 22 cases of dengue infection and 31 cases of chikungunya virus infection in France.
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