By Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Traces of Zika virus genetic material have been found in a second mosquito species, researchers report.
The main carrier of Zika is the mosquito (Aedes aegypti). But researchers have now found fragments of Zika RNA during genetic testing of Asian tiger collected in Brazil.
This doesn't prove that the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) can transmit Zika to people. But it does emphasize the need for further research into other possible carriers of Zika, according to study author Chelsea Smartt. She's an associate professor from the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory at the University of Florida, in Vero Beach.
"Our results mean that Aedes albopictus may have a role in transmission and should be of concern to public health," Smartt said in a news release from the Entomological Society of America.
"This is found worldwide, has a wide range of hosts and has adapted to colder climates.