The facts don’t lie: Mosquitoes cause more human illnesses than any other organism on the planet. Over one million people die worldwide each year from mosquito-borne diseases alone, making these sometimes foolishly overlooked pests a deadly epidemic.
Not only do mosquitoes carry illnesses that can affect humans, they also pose health risks to pets — such as dogs, cats and horses. This is why finding effective solutions for mosquito control is imperative to leading a healthy lifestyle for you and your family.
When it comes to mosquito control, the first step is understanding just what, exactly, these deadly pests can do to your health. Here’s 4 mosquito-borne illnesses you should be aware of:
Mosquito-Borne Illness Number 4: Malaria
With its origins traced to Africa, Malaria is one of the deadliest ancient illnesses to still exist in today’s society. The culprit? Mosquitoes.
The female mosquito transmits the Malaria parasite — known scientifically as plasmodium — through a mosquito bite. A person infected with the Malaria parasite will typically experience fevers, chills and sweating, which usually occurs within the first few weeks of being bitten.
Thankfully, through many mosquito control techniques, Malaria has not been much of an issue for Americans. However, those who travel to countries — typically with tropical climates — known for Malaria outbreaks are prone to either catching the disease themselves or bringing it back with them. This is why you should always receive the proper vaccines prior to leaving the country.
Mosquito-Borne Illness Number 3: Chikungunya
Transmitted primarily by the Asian Tiger mosquito and the Yellow Fever mosquito, Chikungunya is known as a pathogen that causes excruciating joint pain that is not only debilitating, but comes without any existing cure.
Although the disease isn’t known to be fatal, Chikungunya is extremely painful and, if left untreated, it could leave you bedridden for weeks.
Chikungunya cases have been popping up in recent years in the US, primarily in Florida, which had 2 known outbreaks in 2014 and the CDC has since feared its spread to travel destinations like the US Virgin Islands as well as Puerto Rico.
Mosquito-Borne Illness Number 2: Heartworm
If you own a dog or cat, you’re likely taking every step to keep them safe from anything that could cause harm. Heartworm is not only deadly, but because it’s spread by mosquitoes, it’s one of the easiest illnesses for your pet to catch.
The disease itself is known as a roundworm; a parasite that infects the lungs and heart of a dog or cat, causing extreme discomfort and could even lead to death due to congestive heart failure. This is why it’s majorly important to keep your pets up to date on their heartworm vaccines and take extra measures to control mosquitoes around your yard.
Mosquito-Borne Illness Number 1: Zika Virus
By now, you’re likely aware of Zika Virus and the epidemic its become in recent years. 2016 had the highest cases of Zika outbreaks in the US on record, and with the statistics only growing, there’s not much hope for a Zika-free 2017 either.
Zika Virus has origins in Africa, but has since made its way to America where its been terrorizing citizens in major cities like Atlanta, Miami and even New York.
Someone who is infected with Zika Virus will typically experience flu-like symptoms, as a result of Zika Fever which is part of the illnesses natural cycle. Anyone infected with Zika should seek immediate medical attention.
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