Share article:
Share article:

Tiger mosquitos spotted in five locations in Belgium

© Belga
© Belga

Tiger mosquitos have been spotted in five different locations in Belgium, the Institute of Tropical Medicine, IMT, in Antwerp reported on Thursday. These mosquitos had not been detected in Belgium since 2016. However, researchers have now spotted them in five sites in Eastern Flanders, Hainaut, Namur and Luxembourg.  They also trapped 68 specimens in different stages of development, which means the insects multiplied this summer. In the other provinces, a limited number of adult mosquitos or eggs were discovered.

In Luxembourg and Namur, eggs were found in areas near highways: the mosquito was probably brought in on cars coming from France and Germany, where it has already settled, according to the researchers.

“This is the first time this type of mosquito has been introduced into Belgium in this way,” the institute said. “Previous introductions observed by IMT researchers resulted from the importation of used tyres, through garden centres and Antwerp Port. It was always a matter of a few mosquitos coming from distant locations.” 

“It’s crucial to continue this monitoring in a structured manner,” stressed Dr. Wim Van Bortel, General Coordinator of the Monitoring of Exotic Mosquitos (MEMO) project in Belgium. “If we can locate exotic mosquitos on time, we’ll be able to combat them better and ensure their non-proliferation in our country in the near future.”

“Even if the mosquitos settle here, it’s important to keep a close watch on the populations so as to be able to assess the disease-transmission risk,” Van Bortel explained.

The tiger mosquito is brought in from neighbouring countries by road and has been multiplying in Belgium’s regions for some time now. IMT researchers and their partners monitor 23 potential entry points into the country used by this and other exotic mosquitos.

t
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Mayor wants to close two Brussels bars where alleged sexual assaults took place
Ixelles' Mayor Christos Doulkeridis (Ecolo) said that he’d like to close the two bars that employed a man accused of raping multiple patrons, ...
‘Untenable’: Mayor says situation at Brussels North station is out of control
The situation at Brussels North Station is no longer tenable, Schaerbeek's mayor Cécile Jodogne (Défi) says. Drug dealing, homelessness, ...
Suicide second-leading cause of death among European youth
Suicide is the number two killer among young people living in Europe, a recent Unicef report on the state of their mental health found. The ...
‘Too little, too late’: Brussels mayors criticise CST implementation
After a two week delay, the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) will become mandatory in several situations in Brussels from today (Friday). Some mayors blame a ...
Sciensano expert warns of rising Covid-19 cases this winter
The return of colder weather and the relaxing of health measures are giving rise to new Covid-19 contaminations and hospitalisations around Belgium, ...
Hospital food is making you sick, Belgian study shows
Eating hospital meals results in a measurable decline in health, according to a report from the Flemish television network VTM, which paints a ...
Belgium in Brief: Supply Issues
There are few things more jarring than walking into a store and finding that the shelves are empty, be that partially or otherwise. One thing ...
Stolen Magritte painting on display for first time in ten years
Surrealist painter René Magritte's work "Olympia", which made headlines across the world when it was stolen from a museum in Belgium in 2009, will be ...
Brussels airport pilots ’15 minute’ PCR test
Brussels Airport has announced that it will soon begin a trial of an ultra-fast PCR test able to detect Covid-19 in 15 minutes, a far faster ...
Over 1,000 demonstrators march in Brussels following sexual assault allegations
Around 1,300 people gathered in Ixelles on Thursday night to march against sexual violence, according to reporting from Bruzz. The march was ...
Covid Safe Ticket mandatory in Brussels, but no fines yet
The Brussels-Capital Region will expand the use of the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) from today (Friday), but it will take a few days before rule-breakers ...
Belgium hosts ‘farewell party’ for Merkel today
Angela Merkel will be in Belgium on Friday for an official visit as a symbolic "farewell" before leaving her position as German Chancellor after 16 ...