Depending on the species, the lifespan of mosquitoes can range from as short as four days to as long as one month. But during that time mosquitoes can not only make life very unpleasant for the people they bite, but also possibly pass on West Nile virus.
West Nile virus was first isolated in Uganda in 1937. It is most commonly found in Africa, West Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Within five years of being identified in New York City in 1999, the virus had been found in birds and mosquitoes in every state except Alaska and Hawaii.
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