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24 May 2007
The single Asian Tiger Mosquito trapped at the Ports of Auckland near Quay Street in March was not evidence of an established population of the potentially disease-carrying insects, and no more have been detected despite extensive efforts, Biosecurity New Zealand announced today.
The detection, made by the Ministry of Health’s mosquito surveillance programme, required further surveillance activity to make sure no more of the mosquitoes were present, Biosecurity New Zealand response manager Sonya Bissmire said.
“The work involved removing or treating mosquito habitat within a 1km radius from the find including receptacles that store water for long periods and sumps beneath the city. In addition, a large number of mosquito traps were deployed in the area and monitored regularly for mosquito larvae. During all of this work, no more Asian Tiger Mosquitoes were detected, and we’re confident that a population has not established.”
Ms Bissmire acknowledged assistance from the public in reporting suspected mosquitoes in the area, and encouraged people to continue to report nuisance biting mosquitoes to the Ministry of Health’s hotline – 0800 MOZZIE.
Phil Barclay, Biosecurity New Zealand Senior Communications Adviser, 029 894 0432.
To report an exotic pest or disease, call the MAF Emergency Pest and Disease Hotline: 0800 80 99 66