17 Sep '11, 4pm

Visiting mosquitoes threaten Galapagos with deadly virus

Visiting mosquitoes threaten Galapagos with deadly virus

The islands that are home to the unique wildlife which helped shape Charles Darwin's evolutionary theories are under threat from the arrival of a potentially deadly virus arriving in the blood of visiting mosquitoes. A team of researchers from the University of Leeds, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), and the New York State Department of Health worked with colleagues from the University of Guayaquil and the Galapagos National Park Service to study the West Nile virus on the islands off the South American coast. The virus has been responsible for killing off birds in North America and scientists are worried that mosquitoes which could transmit it are arriving via airliners. The scientists put the particular breed of mosquito which had been found on the Galapagos under the microscope and found that it could pass on the virus. Prof Andrew Cunningham from ZSL said: "We n...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/nature/visiting-mosquitoes-thre...

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