Yellow Fever Mosquito in Windsor

The first adult yellow fever mosquito, ever captured in Canada, has been found in Windsor.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says it was detected in a mosquito trap but has tested negative for both Zika and West Nile.

The insect, along with others found here last week, indicates a colony may be establishing in this area.

The yellow fever mosquito is responsible for the majority of human cases of Zika.

Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed says it's capable of spreading yellow fever, dengue fever, Zika and West Nile.

"Symptoms [of Dengue fever] would be a viral illness combined with people requiring more blood transfusions, bleeding and making it more difficult for these patients to manage because it requires more intensive care support and same with yellow fever." said Dr. Ahmed.

He explains this mosquito lives in an urban environment and the most effective way to combat it is to remove any standing water.

The Health Unit describes it as a sneaky, daytime biter which tends to approach humans from behind and bite on the elbows and ankles.