The new coronavirus is unable to reproduce in three of the most common mosquito species, Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus.
Researchers at Kansas State University in the United States have proven that the new coronavirus cannot be transmitted from mosquitoes to humans. The discovery was published this week in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.
According to the scientists, the World Health Organization (WHO) had previously stated that these insects do not transmit Sars-CoV-2, but this was the first study to provide conclusive data to support the claim.
“I am proud of the work we are doing at K-State to learn as much as we can about this and other dangerous pathogens,” said Stephen Higgs, co-author of the study, in a statement.
In tests, the team found that the microorganism is unable to reproduce in three of the most common species of mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, and Culex quinquefasciatus. According to the researchers, this indicates that the insect cannot transmit the new coronavirus to humans.