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19 March 1999
Quarantine Service Officers from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry found five live Asian Tiger Mosquito larvae and two adults of the species during a detailed inspection of empty shipping containers discharged off a vessel at the Port of Tauranga on Wednesday.
During a routine quarantine inspection of Kokopo Chief V42 discarded tractor tyres containing water were found by MAF in two containers. The mosquitos and larvae were found inside.
MAF Quarantine Service immediately sprayed the inside of the tyres and the containers with an insecticide. The detection was then reported to the Ministry of Health who are taking follow up action. The mosquitoes have been identified as Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus.
MAF Quarantine Service General Manager, Neil Hyde, said that the detection reinforces the critical importance of monitoring of sea containers for biosecurity risks.The follow up action by the Ministry of Health is in accordance with an agreed MAF/MoH protocol and reflects the fact the Asian Tiger Mosquito is a serious human health pest, he said.
For further information contact:
Neil Hyde, General Manager MAF Quarantine Service,
Phone: 9-377-3008 or Cellphone 025-928-254