More yellow fever mosquitoes found

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CHULA VISTA, Calif.  – Two more of the kind of mosquitoes which can carry yellow fever have been found in Chula Vista, a county Department of Environmental Health official said Thursday.

Officials found two of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, new arrivals in San Diego County, in a Chula Vista man’s home after he reported being bitten.

The distinctive mosquitoes, black with white stripes, were first found at Naval Base San Diego on Tuesday.

These mosquitoes feed during the daytime and indoors, which makes them different from other Southern California mosquitoes that typically feed at dusk, according to the DEH.

The DEH is setting up traps in the area. Officials urge residents to look for and to dump any standing water in their homes, because they can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

The mosquitoes can also carry the tropical diseases chikungunya and dengue fever.

They are generally found on the East Coast, but have been found in California since last year, the DEH said.

San Diego County officials ask anyone bitten by a mosquito indoors during daylight hours to report it by calling county insect trackers at 858-694-2888.