Transmits dengue hemorrhagic fever, other serious diseases
In an alarming development, an aggressive mosquito capable of transmitting the deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever and other serious diseases was reportedly found in San Diego, California, for the first time this week.
Many of the viruses the mosquito can spread are endemic to Central America and Mexico.
Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, or by its scientific name the Aedes aegypti, the insects were found in offices at San Diego’s 32nd Street Naval Station, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The same kind of mosquitoes were found Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 in the Los Angeles-area counties of Commerce and Pico Rivera.
WND reported just this week that an Obama administration plan to facilitate the immigration of up to 100,000 Haitians to the U.S. without a visa is fraught with medical risks, particularly the spread of diseases endemic to Haiti, including viruses transmitted by the mosquito.
Aside from dengue fever, the mosquito can transmit diseases such as chikungunya, which brings paralyzing joint pain, and yellow fever, which has been ravaging not only Africa but Latin America and Central America.
The World Health Organization’s global alert on yellow fever documents the disease is “endemic in 10 South and Central American countries and in several Caribbean islands.”
“The disease was originally imported into the Americas from Africa, but became widely established there,” the alert adds.
The insects’ presence in Latin America means the mosquitoes or their eggs could have been transported to the U.S. in baggage, clothing, food or liquids carried by illegal aliens crossing the border.
The female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs at a time, with the future progeny usually deposited in clusters. Eggs are usually laid on the surface of stagnant water and can hatch in as little as an inch of standing water.
Besides the stream of illegal aliens arriving from Central America, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, announced it plans to expedite a program to reunite Haitians already living in the U.S. with family members abroad.
According to the Associated Press, about 100,000 Haitians have already been approved to arrive in the U.S. under the reunification program but are waiting in Haiti for visas.
The Caribbean country is currently in the midst of outbreaks of cholera and the chikungunya virus.
It also has the highest incidence of HIV and AIDS infection for any country outside of Africa.
The prevalence of chikungunya is especially worrisome since the mosquito that spreads the disease is now in California.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has issued a global alert due to the outbreak in the U.S. of the debilitating Enterovirus D68, as WND reported.
There has been speculation the polio-like Enterovirus, which mostly targets children, could have been carried into the U.S. by illegal-alien minors from Central America.
WHO’s alert for the Enterovirus 68, or EV-D68, in the U.S. was issued Sept. 17.
A global WHO alert for the virus is exceptionally rare and is the first of its kind associated with an outbreak in the U.S.
The last global alert for Enterovirus was issued in 2008 in China. The only other Enterovirus alert came 10 years earlier, in 1998, again in China.
Written by AARON KLEIN
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