Asian tiger mosquito discovered in Macedonia


The Asian tiger mosquito has been discovered on the territory of the Republic of Macedonia. Mapping on the entire territory is ongoing aimed at discovering where the mosquito has spread. The agency conducts additional programmes on possibility whether the mosquito has transferred diseases to animals, Food and Veterinary Agency Director Zoran Atanasov and epidemiologist from the Institute of Public Health Dr. Zarko Karadzovski told Wednesday’s press conference.

“In accordance to the results we have received, there is no confirmation of existence of such diseases and there is no such danger,” Atanasov said.

According to the Agency’s data, he said that this type of mosquito was detected for the first time in 2016 only in the region of Bogdanci and this year it has spread in Dojran and several municipalities in Skopje.

Karadzovski said thus far no cases of infection or diseases of this type of mosquito have been registered in Macedonia.

He noted that the situation in the region, such as Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania and others, is being closely monitored, as there are registered large number of infected people, and even deaths.

Karadzovski underlined that the symptoms of the Asian tiger mosquito bites include redness of the skin, swelling, weakness, fatigue, headaches, increased temperature, however people should apply insect repellent on skin while walking in forest, parks.

The mosquitoes hibernate during the winter and re-emerge when the weather begins to get warmer, while others hatch from previously laid eggs in the spring. The temperature plays a key factor in determining the actual start of the mosquito season.

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