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This image depicts a close-up, left lateral view of a female, Aedes albopictus mosquito, who was in the process of inserting its needle-like proboscis through the skin surface of its human host, in order to obtain its sought-after blood meal. A. albopictus, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, has been found to be a vector of West Nile virus.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ James Gathany
Creation Date:2003
Photo Credit:James Gathany
CDC Organization
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