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Mosquito-Borne Diseases 101

There are a large variety of mosquito-borne diseases worldwide. Some make it the United States, some have been eradicated, and some don’t make it here. Take a glimpse below at the most commonly found mosquito-borne diseases around the world:

  • West Nile Virus – a virus spread by mosquitoes, WNV is often asymptomatic but can be deadly. This is one of the most common mosquito-borne diseases in the United States and often appears towards the middle to end of summer.
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis – a virus that mostly affects horses, but is quite deadly in the rare instances of human infection.
  • Zika Virus – a virus spread by mosquitoes. A 2015 outbreak in Brazil spread awareness of the Zika Virus swiftly. There is no vaccine. With devastating side effects for pregnant women and their babies, it is vital to check the CDC for travel information about current Zika outbreaks.
  • Malaria – a parasite spread by the bite of an infect mosquito. Over 200 million cases per year. There is are prevention drugs available, check the CDC for Malaria information before you travel.
  • Yellow Fever – a virus spread by mosquitoes. There is a vaccine, but no treatment once infected. Check the CDC for travel information when heading to tropical climates.
  • Dengue Fever – a group of four viruses spread by mosquitoes. Leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. 400 million people affected yearly.
  • Chikungunya – Outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Asia, Europe, Indian Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean. No vaccine or treatment.

The best way to prevent mosquito-borne illness is still to avoid mosquito bites. Eliminating mosquitoes from your property, where you spend the most time outdoors is the best way to have a big impact. Call Mosquito Squad of Greater Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra today to learn more about our mosquito control services. 904-559-3414

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