By Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Although scientists haven’t pinpointed how the new coronavirus passed on to humans, a new study confirms mosquitoes are not to blame – and you won’t get COVID-19 from a mosquito bite.
“While the World Health Organization has definitely determined that mosquitoes cannot transmit the virus, our study is the first to provide conclusive data to support the theory,” said study author Stephen Higgs. He is the director of the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
The researchers found that the new coronavirus cannot replicate in three common mosquito species – Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, and Culex quinquefasciatus – and therefore cannot be transmitted to humans.
The study was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports.
“I’m proud of the work we are doing at K-State to learn as much as possible about this and other dangerous pathogens,” Higgs said in a Kansas state press release.
BRI is a biosecurity level 3 facility, and researchers at BRI have completed four more studies on COVID-19 since March.
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SOURCE: Kansas State University, news release, July 17, 2020
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