Say “hello” to the Aedes mosquito (pronounced “AIDS”). It’s said that this particular type of mosquito is the sole flying method of transfer of Zika dika do viruses. Never-you-mind that their flying dirty shared needles are all the same, and air molecules can carry anything lightweight, science can make all the claims it wants, just try to prove them wrong, they will stand there and say “Prove it”. Then you say “No, you prove it (because they haven’t)” and they say “I did prove it” and you say “No you didn’t” and they say “I have mountains of data that proves it” and you say “But Sir, what about flying dirty shared needles” and they say “What the fuck are those?” and you say “You have just proven that you haven’t proven anything”.

Aedes mosquitoes (actually pronounced ay-ee-deez according to the free dictionary) are said to have been discovered by and first described and named by German entomologist Johann Wilhelm Meigen in 1818, the generic name comes from the Ancient Greek ἀηδής, aēdēs, meaning “unpleasant” or “odious”.[1]

Used in a sentence: “The mosquito I just discovered has an odor so I am going to call it the Greek name for odorous isn’t that scienterrific?”

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Culicidae
Subfamily: Culicinae
Tribe: Aedini
Genus: Aedes

The chart above from Wikipedia shows the scientific classification. In other words the mosquito that transmits Zika (and all viruses) is an Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Diptera Culicidae Culicinae Aedini Aedes mosquito. We can do what was done with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and shorten this to AAIDCCAA.

We could also be more generalized and refer to it’s kingdom, rather than it’s specific name. This is like calling one of 7 billion people “human” instead of calling them by their race and first and last names, so instead of saying “Zika the Aedes virus” we could just say “The patient is infected with an Animalia virus” or since viruses are parasites we could equally gramatically correctly scientifically say that “The patient is infected with a parasite”.

Image credit – snapshot of Google News health section August 16 2016

[1] Wikipedia entry on Aedes mosquitoes