By Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 19:06 BST, 11 September 2019 | Updated: 19:06 BST, 11 September 2019
A rare mosquito that can carry Zika virus, dengue and yellow fever has been discovered in Nebraska for the first time.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said that it found Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in York County - about 100 miles from the capital of Omaha - on Tuesday.
State and local officials captured the mosquitoes during an annual effort to track the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in Nebraska, according to a release.
Despite the fear of tropical diseases spreading throughout the state, health officials say that the risk of transmission is very low.
Health officials say they discovered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes - known to carry Zika virus - in York County, Nebraska, on Tuesday. Pictured: One of the mosquitoes found in Nebraska
A. aegypti originated in Africa, but has since become one of the most widespread mosquito species in the world.
According to the Nebraska DHHS, it bites