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New Superfly Responsible for Surge in Infections

by Kathy Jones on July 29, 2010 at 9:39 PM
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 New Superfly Responsible for Surge in Infections

Wildlife experts have warned that the surge in infections from insect bites is the work of a new species of superfly.

The Blandford fly, which is normally found in the countryside, has now begun to reproduce in cities and is causing issues due to its deadly bites. Some of the victims of the insect bites have had to be hospitalized as well.


Stuart Hine, entomologist at the Natural History Museum told the Daily Mail, that the rise in insect bites from the fly could be attributed to changing water features in and around cities.

"I suspect it's mostly about changes in human behaviour because of the warmer weather, rather than changes in insect behavior," he added. "Mosquitoes are the biggest biter, but over the last few years there has been a greater incidence of black flies. They are beginning to breed more in towns and cities."

Doctors feel warmer temperatures are ideal for the cold-blooded insects.

Source: Medindia


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