A new study by scientists from Kansas State University in the United States confirmed that coronavirus is not transmitted to humans after a mosquito bite. The study showed that the virus is unable to replicate in three common mosquito species – Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, and Culex quinquefasciatus. From this, we can conclude that such a transmission of the virus to humans is impossible.
The research has been conducted since March. This is the first peer-reviewed publication, which is supported by the conclusions of the World Health Association (WHO), they also rejected the possibility of transmission through insects.
“While the World Health Organization has finally stated that mosquitoes cannot transmit the virus, our study is the first to provide evidence for this theory. We have demonstrated that even under extreme conditions, SARS-CoV-2 cannot reproduce itself in these mosquitoes and, therefore, cannot be transmitted to humans even in the unlikely event that the mosquito (first) bites the carrier of the virus”.
Professor of Biosecurity Higgs Reine
Earlier, scientists from the Italian National Institute of Health also said that coronavirus cannot be transmitted by mosquitoes. They infected mosquitoes with COVID-19 and then tested whether the virus is capable of further reproduction. It turned out that it is impossible to transmit the virus through insects.
The Biosafety Research Institute continues research on other animal pathogens that can be transmitted to humans. Scientists primarily study Rift Valley fever and Japanese encephalitis.