Disease monger
Culex quinquefasciatus
(Southern house mosquito)

Dominant vector of lymphatic filariasis, a disease caused by threadlike parasitic worms. Filariasis, which has infected some 120 million people worldwide, can lead to genital damage and elephantiasis.

Distribution: Tropical and subtropical regions across the globe.

Breeding habitat: Mainly in drains, cesspits, and other polluted water bodies.

Feeding: Mammals, including people, and birds.

Diseases: Also transmits St. Louis encephalitis and probably West Nile virus.

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