|Description:||This photograph depicts a Houston, Texas concrete statuary business’s outdoor storage facility, which became a breeding ground for Aedes aegypti, and Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes due to the presence of water collections within the statues where females could deposit their eggs. This took place during a 1964 St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE) epidemic.|
Mosquitoes, primarily Culexspp., become infected by feeding on birds infected with the St. Louis encephalitis virus, which is a flavivirus related to Japanese encephalitis virus. Infected mosquitoes then transmit the St. Louis encephalitis virus to humans and animals during the feeding process. The St. Louis encephalitis virus grows both in the infected mosquito and the infected bird, but does not make either one sick.