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Can mosquitoes carry the coronavirus?

Last Updated May 11, 2020 at 9:35 am PDT

FILE - This file photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a feeding female Anopheles Stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs on a human skin surface, in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like labrum, which it had inserted into its human host. Ugandan Brian Gitta, 25, has won in 2018 a prestigious engineering prize for a non-invasive malaria test kit that is hoped to become widely used across Africa. (James Gathany/CDC via AP, File)

NEWS 1130 is working hard to get you the information you need about the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are responding to your questions in a segment we call NEWS 1130 Gets Answers.

Question:

Can mosquitoes carry COVID-19?

Answer:

Probably not.

The World Health Organization says there is no evidence to suggest the novel coronavirus can be transmitted to humans via mosquitoes like malaria, dengue fever or the West Nile virus.

“The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose,” the WHO says on its website.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, public health officials recommend frequent hand washing, physical distancing and self isolating when you feel sick.

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