We are mosquito food

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Pedro Bosque Pérez
El macho del Aedes aegypti no pica, pues se alimenta de néctar, pero la hembra de ese zancudo depende de nuestra sangre para poder desarrollar los huevos que van a perpetuar su especie. (James Gathany / CDC)

Human beings are indispensable for the survival of Aedes aegypti, since we are the most abundant food source for the mosquito responsible of transmiting viruses such as Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. The male mosquito does not bite since it feeds from nectar. On the other hand, the female mosquito depends on our blood to develop the eggs that will allow the survival of the species. 

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