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Mosquito threat to giant tortoise
By Matt McGrath
Science reporter, BBC News
Page last updated at 13:23 GMT, Tuesday, 2 June 2009 14:23 UK

BBC NEWS | Americas | Mosquito threat to giant tortoise
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The famous Galapagos giant tortoises could be at serious risk from mosquitoes that have developed a taste for reptile blood, experts have warned.

Scientists say increased tourism means there is now a greater risk of a disease-carrying insect being transported to the islands.
Local mosquitoes that have evolved to feed on reptiles could then pick up the diseases and pass them on.
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