Yellow fever mosquito found throughout California

More sightings of Aedes aegypti — a mosquito capable of carrying deadly yellow fever, dengue and other diseases — are popping up in California as vector control agents scramble to control its spread.

The bugs first were detected in California’s Central Valley communities of Madera and Clovis in June, and were detected again this week in the city of Fresno and in San Mateo County in the Bay Area in August.

“We were shocked,” Leonard Irby, district manager of Madera’s mosquito abatement program, told the Los Angeles Times. “We never expected this mosquito in California.”

One expert noted the discovery means that this mosquito can potentially spread the deadly diseases if they bite an infected person, but emphasized that doesn’t mean officials have found these diseases yet in the state [ . . . ]

Read more via CBS News