ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s possible, though not likely, that Albuquerque will in the future have reported cases of yellow fever, dengue, Zika, chikungunya and other viruses, now that the Aedes aegypti mosquito has been found in Bernalillo County.
Mark DiMenna, deputy director of the Albuquerque Environmental Health Department and a microbiologist, said Tuesday that the Aedes aegypti was only recently found during a regular collection of mosquitoes around the bosque.
“It’s capable of transmitting any of those viruses, but those viruses require competent mosquito vectors for transmission,” he said. “The thing that’s still missing is an active presence of those viruses. You have to have the virus and the vector. So now we have the vector but not the virus.”