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First report on human-biting Culex pipiens in Sweden
- Hesson, Jenny C., Schäfer, Martina, Lundström, Jan O.
- Parasites & vectors 2016 v.9 no.1 pp. 632
- Culex pipiens, Sindbis virus, West Nile virus, arboviruses, risk, Northern European region, Scandinavia, Sweden
- Culex mosquitoes are vectors of several bird-hosted arboviruses that cause outbreaks in Europe, such as Sindbis virus and West Nile virus. Recently, the human-biting form of Culex pipiens, Cx. pipiens biotype molestus, was found causing big nuisance in a housing cooperative in Gothenburg in southern Sweden, confirmed by molecular identification. This is the first report of human-biting Culex in Scandinavia, signalling increased risk of arbovirus infection in northern Europe.