How are mosquitoes threatening the Galapagos?

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    Mosquitoes are being brought to the Galapagos island via tourist vehicles. The mosquitoes threaten to bring deadly diseases to the island’s rare species of animals. Animals that are threatened by the insects include tortoises, sea lions, and marine iguanas. The southern house mosquito is now breeding with other species of mosquitoes and poses an even greater threat to the delicate ecosystems of the Galapagos.

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    Mosquitoes are causing concern in the Galapagos Islands because they can carry and spread pathogens such as West Nile fever and avian malaria. The southern house mosquito is being transported to the islands by tourist boats, planes, and cargo shipments. The mosquitoes are breeding with existing populations on the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos giant tortoise, marine iguana, waved albatross, red-footed booby, and flightless cormorant could all be at risk. Some options being considered to get rid of the mosquitoes include fumigation, treating boats with pesticides, and changing lighting on boats so that they do not attract mosquitoes.

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