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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

The tiger mosquito

Published on 05/10/2020

Native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, the tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has adapted to many different environments, particularly urban ones, colonising a vast array of containers (vases, pots, rainwater collection tanks, gutters, etc.) in which it lays its eggs. It is an opportunistic anthropophilic species which likes to feed on humans. The species is now established in more than 100 countries on all seven continents. This meteoric expansion, mainly linked to international trade (especially in tyres), has made it one of the world's most invasive species due to its ability to adapt to regions with cold winters. In metropolitan France, the tiger mosquito is currently found in around 60 French départements (in French). Tiger mosquitos can transmit viruses such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika to humans. They are therefore subject to reinforced surveillance by the French authorities, in particular through the Signalement-moustique (“mosquito alert”) website (in French).  

Keywords : Tiger mosquito, Vecteurs, Mosquitos, Vector control (VC)

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