Mosquitoes are animals that can transmit many infectious diseases to humans. Among other things, they transmit arboviruses that can cause dengue, chikungunya or West Nile and Zika fever, for example.
Recently, however, research groups worldwide have also discovered many insect-specific viruses that cannot replicate in vertebrates and are therefore harmless to humans. Many of these are very similar to arboviruses. And they have an influence on their transmission to animals and humans. This makes them interesting for arbovirus research: They might be a key to controlling the spread of arboviruses.