By: Chia Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Peter Piot, the virologist who co-discovered the Ebola virus, said in an interview that Taiwan and southern Chinese island province of Hainan are at risk of having locally transmitted cases of Zika virus, according to a New York Times article Wednesday.
Taiwan and Hainan both have populations of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is believed to be the main carrier of Zika, the article said.
While Hong Kong and the rest of southern China bear a different kind of mosquito, Aedes albopictus, the mosquito may also be able to carry Zika virus, but probably less efficient at transmitting it to people, said Dr. Piot. [FULL STORY]