Which Mosquito Causes Dengue?

The Aedes mosquito, specifically the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species, is responsible for transmitting the dengue virus. These mosquitoes are commonly found in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Aedes mosquitoes are particularly well-adapted to urban environments and are known as the primary vectors for dengue transmission.

Female Aedes mosquitoes become infected with the dengue virus when they bite and feed on a person who has dengue fever or is carrying the virus. Once infected, the mosquito can transmit the virus to other individuals it subsequently bites.

It’s important to note that dengue is not directly transmitted from person to person. It requires the involvement of infected mosquitoes in the transmission cycle. Preventing mosquito bites, reducing mosquito breeding sites, and implementing mosquito control measures are crucial for preventing dengue transmission and outbreaks.