Meet Canada’s mosquito hunters

Inside the Brock University lab that’s working hard to find out whether Canada’s mosquitoes can transmit Zika
Dr. Fiona Hunter, entomologist at Brock University. (Photograph by Kayla Chobotiuk)

As the Zika virus spreads across the Americas—it’s now circulating in 26 countries and regions—Canadians have been told we’re at low risk of becoming infected. The type of mosquito that spreads the virus, called Aedes aegypti, doesn’t live here. But Fiona Hunter, an entomologist at Brock University, notes that other types of mosquito can spread the virus—maybe even some in Canada. In her special containment lab at Brock University, she’s trying to answer the question: could Canadian bugs spread Zika, too? Read Kate Lunau’s full story here. 

You can also check out her longread on the Zika virus—the ‘weenie’ that turned into a global health terror—here.