Aedes (Stegomyia) hensilli originated from the Caroline Islands in the Western Pacific. It is the most common species found in the Yap state of the Federated States of Micronesia. The mosquito lays eggs in empty coconut shells, tree holes, bamboo and other containers. It was found to be the main vector of Chikungunya in the Yap state following an outbreak of the disease in 2013. Since then, laboratory research has found it to be a possible vector of Zika and to a lesser extent, Dengue.
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