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Mosquito eggs, capable of carrying Zika virus, found in Kent

Eggs from a mosquito, capable of carrying the Zika virus, have been found in Kent. Homeowners have been sent letters telling them about the discovery, stressing there is no risk to health.

Mosquito eggs, capable of carrying Zika virus, found in Kent

It is the first discovery of its kind in the UK Credit: ITV

Eggs from a mosquito, which are capable of carrying the Zika virus, have been found in Kent - the first discovery in the UK. Health officials are stressing there is no risk to the public.

It is believed that the eggs were discovered at a service station on the M20.

Properties in Stanford, near Folkestone, received letters saying that a small number of eggs from an Asian Tiger Mosquito have been discovered. Shepway District Council have been spraying gardens in the area.

Public Health England has recommended that we carry out a treatment to eradicate the mosquito, its eggs and larvae as a precaution. There is no risk to your health or that of your family and pets from either the presence or the eradication.

– Shepway District Council

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