A mosquito known for carrying potentially deadly viruses such as yellow fever and Zika is feared to potentially land on British shores.

The Asian Tiger mosquitoes have been confirmed in northern France in the commune of Domagne in the department of Ile-et-Vilaine in western Brittany.

Health authorities in France have already begun a campaign to rid the area of the insects in hope of containing any such virus being brought into the country.

In a tweet, the French Regional Health agency said: "It is very small! (about 5mm, wings and body included).

“It has black and white stripes (not yellow), on its body and legs, it lives and stings during the day (it won't prevent you from sleeping!), its sting is painful."

Health officials have also advised residents in France on how to avoid being bitten after revealing a single bite can result in up to 200 eggs being laid.

They have also advised large containers to be emptied due to them being popular breeding grounds.

The Asian Tiger mosquitoes were first seen in France in the city of Nice in 2004, and have since travelled from the south to the north of the country over the years.

As well as Zika and yellow fever, this type of mosquito has been known to carry dengue and chikungunya fever.

The news of the mosquitoes getting closer to British shores comes after a mystery fever has started to spread in India.

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