A first outbreak of tiger mosquitoes discovered in Pilat … and this is only the beginning

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"Every time we came to school, we were bitten by mosquitoes. The teachers at the Vérin school, a small village on the banks of the Rhone in Pilat, were the first to hear, last September, that the situation was worse than usual.

"It was unusual. Once I killed one and saw that it was zebra. They alert the mayor to referring to it to the Interdepartmental Agreement for pematura (EID), which oversees surveillance in the region.

The helicopter falls: it is really the tiger mosquito, whose "tiger" – the female – is very aggressive. Not to mention the fact that it can potentially transmit viral diseases, such as dengue, chikungunya and zika.

"Progress is inevitable"

Cylinder is officially the first colonization point in the Loire, which until now was one of the last spared departments of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

"We had no problem finding tigers mosquitoes in Cylinder. Some were in the state of larvae, others in adulthood. Now there is a well-established population," confirms Rémi Foussadier, director of the EID.

And this is only the beginning: "The progress of the tiger mosquito in the Loire is inevitable. In terms, even Roanne, Saint-Etienne, Saint-Chamond will be influenced. But we cannot predict when."

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