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Asian Tiger Mosquitoes Breeding Earlier This Year

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  Original Published: 7/7/2013  Here's a story you may be "itching" to hear about.   Scientists say Asian Tiger Mosquitos are breeding earlier than usual this year.   John Berman reports they will be looking to take a bite out of you!   They're black and white and striped all over.   Asian Tiger Mosquitoes, these blood suckers with a seemingly unquenchable thirst, may be invading major cities all along the East Coast this summer.   This year's wet and warm weather has left behind pools of standing water, the ideal breeding ground for these striped pests.   "With all the rains, and of course people's busy lives, they're probably not draining areas around the house where water can collect, like tires and flower pots and gutters, and that;s going to give mosquitoes an ample opportunity to increase their populations this summer," says Gene Kritsky, College of Mount Saint Joeseph Professor of Biology.   The irritaing insects are more aggressive than your average mosquito.   They're known to bite all day and night long and carry up to 20 diseases, including West ile Virus, two types of Encephalitis and a flu-like disease not yet present in America called Chikungunya.   "People can feel perfectly fine, have the virus and have it spread through with exposure to the mosquito," says Kritsky. "A lot of the other viral diseases, in many other cases, it's hard for it to spread."   But professor Kritsky says there's no need to cncel your July 4 barbecue.   "The thing we should be cognizant of is it's possible to lessen you risk of exposure," he says. "And that would be to wear long sleeves and long pants when you go outside in areas where there are large mosquito populations and use Deet repellants."
   
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