The discovery of a swarm of aggressive tiger mosquitoes, a type known to carry dengue fever, in the Netherlands has highlighted the lack of legislation for monitoring disease-carrying insects in the EU, reports Jennifer Rohn in Chemistry & Industry magazine.
A Dutch inspector was attacked and bitten by the swarm in a greenhouse during a routine inspection of imported bamboo. The bamboo and the insects originated in southeast China where the disease is rife. But it is not yet know whether the mosquitoes were carrying dengue, a potentially fatal disease.
The Dutch sighting is the furthest north in Europe that Asian tiger mosquitoes have been found, raising the possibility that imported tropical plants may pose a disease risk to Northern European countries with normally cool climates, especially if global temperatures continue to rise.
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