New Malaria Mosquito Emerges in African Cities

“A mosquito species which was until recently unseen on the African continent is now common in cities in Ethiopia, research shows, with worrying consequences for malaria infections.

The mosquito, Anopheles stephensi, is the main malaria mosquito in India and was first detected in Africa only a few years ago. As well as Ethiopian cities, the insect species since been found in urban centres in Sudan and Djibouti.

Although malaria has traditionally been a rural disease, with people suffering much higher levels of infection away from cities, the introduction of this species to cities means malaria risk may soon rise for urban populations too, researchers from the Netherlands’ Radboud University Medical Centre and the Armauer Hansen Research Institute in Ethiopia found.”

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