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What Diseases Do Mosquitos Carry?

The chances of getting a disease from a mosquito bite remain very low. Only about one in 500 mosquitos carry pathogens that can be transmitted to human beings. Moreover, even if you are bit by an infected mosquito, the chance of that mosquito passing said infection on to you are only one in 300. However, it is still possible to contract certain diseases from mosquito bites. That’s why it’s important to remain vigilant, doing everything you can to avoid mosquito bites and learning the facts. Read on for what you need to know about what diseases mosquitos carry, and remember that for expert mosquito control this summer, you can always contact our pros at Frame's Pest Control, Inc..

The 10 Most Common Mosquito-Borne Diseases

  1. West Nile Virus: The most well-known mosquito-borne disease, West Nile Virus is a serious condition that can cause fever, headache, stiffness, convulsions, vision loss, paralysis, and even death. The good news is that only one in five people who contract West Nile Virus will experience any symptoms, and only one in 150 will suffer any serious health problems.
  2. Zika Virus: The second-most common mosquito-borne disease, Zika virus can cause fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, and muscle pain. Like West Nile virus, there is no vaccine for Zika, though symptoms are also rare.
  3. Chikungunya Virus: Chikungunya virus also causes fever, joint pain, and rashes. Though uncommon in the U.S., it is possible to contract it in parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe.
  4. Dengue Virus: Dengue virus can lead to nausea, vomiting, rash, and various other aches. It is a serious threat in many parts of the world, and one in four people infected with Dengue will become very sick. Fortunately for residents of the United States, however, it is not common in this part of the world
  5. Eastern Equine Encephalitis: Eastern Equine encephalitis, or EEE, is a rare form of disease that can lead to serious brain infections. Fortunately, only a few cases of EEE are reported in the U.S. each year.
  6. Japanese Encephalitis Virus: Another variant of brain disease encephalitis, JE virus is the leading cause of this condition in Asia and the Western Pacific. The good news is that it’s extremely rare in the United States, and there is a JE vaccine.
  7. La Crosse Encephalitis: La Crosse encephalitis is a version of the aforementioned disease concentrated to the upper Midwest, mid-Atlantic, and parts of the southeast. Some who become ill with this condition develop serious nervous system disease, although most cases experience zero symptoms.
  8. St. Louis Encephalitis: Like La Crosse encephalitis, most who become infected with St. Louis encephalitis do not experience symptoms. On average, 128 cases are reported in the U.S. every year, with some cases occasionally reported in Mexico and Canada.
  9. Malaria: A mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite, malaria causes fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms. Although 229 million cases of malaria are still reported each year, most occur in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. While there is no licensed vaccine for malaria on the market, there is hope; recent studies have shown several vaccines to be effective in initial trials.
  10. Yellow Fever: Yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. Illness symptoms can include everything from fever with aches and pains to severe liver disease with bleeding and yellowing skin. On a positive note, a safe and effective yellow fever vaccine has been available for over 80 years.

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