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Mosquito Surveillance Report Week 41: October 4, 2020 to October 10, 2020

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) conducts mosquito surveillance from mid-May until mid-October every year. Once a week, 47 mosquito traps are set across Windsor and Essex County (WEC) to collect mosquitoes for identification and viral testing. The Health Unit collects, compiles, and analyzes information on mosquito-borne disease activity in WEC and produces this weekly report during the mosquito season.

Mosquito Safety: Fight the Bite!

Mosquitoes are small insects belonging to the fly family. Mosquitoes usually lay 100-400 eggs at a time in still water. The female mosquito is the one that bites, as she needs blood to make her eggs. A mosquito bite usually results in a reaction including swelling, redness, and itchiness, and can vary from mild to severe.

Aedes aegypti mosquito

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a tropical mosquito that is part of the Aedes species. It is capable of transmitting several viruses, including Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. These mosquitoes are small and have a black and white pattern on their legs and other parts of the body.