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Invasive mosquito species spread in California

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Two invasive mosquito species which can spread infectious diseases have been found in increasing numbers in the state and health officials are warning Californians to take steps to protect themselves.

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) and the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) have now been found in 14 counties, including Alameda and San Mateo counties, CBS San Francisco reported.

Last month, the yellow fever mosquito was detected for the first time in San Bernardino and Riverside counties while the Asian tiger mosquito was discovered in Kern and San Diego counties and has expanded its reach in Los Angeles County, the CDPH said.

The two species are not native to California and have a distinctive black and white striped pattern on their legs and thorax.

The CDPH said both species can transmit diseases such as yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya.

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