the Japanese mosquitoes discovered in Friuli have already invaded Italy. It is one of the three most invasive insect species in the world. “The fear is that from the eastern area of Northern Italy it will move to the western part,” said the veterinarian Annapaola Rizzoli a Republic. But that is not all. The risk, in fact, is that these mosquitoes become a viral vector for some infectious diseases such as Dengue fever or Chikungunya, which is characterized by fever and severe pain.
The Japanese mosquito, of Asian origin, is born and lives mainly in the woods but spreads rapidly also in the city, especially in humid and cold environments. It is similar to the Tiger mosquito and has the characteristic of being very aggressive and harassing, especially during the day. But what risks does this insect carry with it? First of all, it is responsible for the so-called “Japanese encephalitis”, a migraine characterized by headache, fever and gastrointestinal disturbances. However, experts above all fear the possibility that the Japanese mosquito will become a viral vector for other types of infections.
“Another consequence would be the Japanese headache but in Europe so far we have not found any cases. In order for the virus to be transmitted, it is necessary that there are the insect, the virus and the exact same environment in which this transmission is possible, typically that of Southeast Asia, “he explained Fabrizio Montarsi, head of the parasitology laboratory of the Zooprophylactic Institute of Padua. How can the proliferation of this insect be avoided? “Starting with not leaving open containers that can fill with water, not stacking materials, using mosquito nets, empty and turn the watering cans upside down, keep the areas where you live clean, “Rizzoli said.