Aedes (Hulecoeteomyia) japonicus japonicus, also known as the Asian bush mosquito, is endemic to Japan and Korea, although this range has spread to North America and Central-Western Europe. This spread is expected to continue further into North America, Europe, Asia and Hawaii. It is listed as the third most invasive mosquito species reported in Europe. The species is a known vector of West Nile virus, and has been found a competent vector of Chikungunya, Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis and Rift Valley fever in laboratory experiments[2,3].
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- CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) (2019) Mosquito Species Producing WNV Positives by Year. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/mosquitospecies.htm [accessed on 7 August 2019].