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Column: COVID isn’t spread by mosquitoes. But the next pandemic might be

Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2021 (Column)

June 25, 2021

Column: COVID isn’t spread by mosquitoes. But the next pandemic might be

Anthony A. James, a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at UC Irvine, told me the Aedes mosquito previously had a tough time gaining a foothold in California “because winters were cool and long enough to challenge their survival. As things have warmed up, it is not as challenging for them,” he said. “Combining this with the human-driven availability of water from landscaping, agricultural use and small containers in yards, we have essentially created an ideal environment for them.”