With the holiday season fully arrived, millions of Americans will now be traveling far and wide to visit, celebrate with friends, visit their family, and simply step away from their hectic everyday life.
During this time of year, many people choose to head south in order to escape the cooler winter temperatures.
However, what tourists might not acknowledge, mosquitoes are still active and causing plenty of issues in some of the most popular U.S. travel destinations.
As the Atlanta mosquito control experts, we want everyone to have a fun and safe holiday season, so we’ve compiled a few mosquito-borne illnesses (including the areas where they are active) and ways you can better protect yourself against them while traveling for the holidays.
Zika virus has spread rather quickly in the past two years through parts of South America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands and now the U.S. (in major cities like Miami and Atlanta).
This mosquito-borne virus causes fever, joint/muscle pain, headaches, vomiting, conjunctivitis (AKA Pink Eye) and rash- and is especially dangerous for women that are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.
Unfortunately, Zika has no cure as of now, which makes it highly dangerous.
People should take precautionary measures to avoid mosquito bites and the standing water that provides the ideal breeding grounds for these pests.
There are several travel health notifications for a few popular holiday destinations from the CDC, so ensure to check these before you book your trip, especially if anyone in your family is pregnant.
The mosquito-borne virus known as Chikungunya first appeared in 2013 and quickly began spreading to South America, Central America and parts of Florida.
The illness itself causes joint pain, fever, severe headaches and rash.
The title of “Chikungunya” stems from the Makonde word that translates to: “it bends up,”.
This refers to Chikungunya victims, as they’re often in bed for weeks and crippled with pain.
According to a report from the Pan American Health Organization, an estimated 120,000 cases have been reported in just 2016 alone, 135 of them have resulted in death.
Unfortunately, there is no existing cure or vaccine for the illness, which is why many experts highly recommend people take precautions such as adding screens to windows, wearing long pants and sleeves and using insect repellent.
Many have probably never heard of Dengue Fever, which is (yet another) mosquito-borne illness that is the now leading cause of illness and death in the tropics.
Over (roughly) 400 million people are infected annually with Dengue Fever, a virus that causes headaches, severe body aches, nausea, and high fever
Once again there exists no vaccine for this illness, and people who have contracted the virus can expect to spend up to two weeks recuperating.
Mr. Mister takes all mosquito-borne illnesses extremely serious, which is why educating our customers about these diseases and the importance of protection against mosquitoes is one of our main company values.
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As the holiday season envelops the nation and people embark on their journeys to celebrate with loved ones, it’s crucial to remain aware of the persistent mosquito-related health risks in some of the most popular U.S. travel destinations.
We, as Atlanta’s mosquito control experts, are committed to ensuring that you have a fun and safe holiday season.
To this end, we’ve provided information on mosquito-borne illnesses and the areas where they are active, along with strategies to protect yourself and your family while traveling.
Your health and well-being are our top priorities, and we encourage everyone to take precautions and stay informed about potential health risks, especially when it comes to mosquito-borne diseases.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the Zika virus, and where is it active in the U.S.?
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness active in parts of South America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and certain U.S. cities like Miami and Atlanta.
Who is most vulnerable to Zika virus, and why?
Pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant are particularly vulnerable, as Zika can lead to severe birth defects in infants.
Is there a cure for Zika virus?
Currently, there is no cure for Zika virus.
What is Chikungunya, and where has it spread?
Chikungunya is another mosquito-borne virus that has spread to South America, Central America, and parts of Florida.
What are the symptoms of Chikungunya?
Symptoms include joint pain, fever, severe headaches, and rash.
Is there a cure or vaccine for Chikungunya?
There is no cure or vaccine for Chikungunya.
What is Dengue Fever, and where is it prevalent?
Dengue Fever is a mosquito-borne illness now leading to illness and death in tropical regions, affecting over 400 million people annually.
What are the symptoms of Dengue Fever?
Symptoms include headaches, severe body aches, nausea, and high fever.
Is there a vaccine for Dengue Fever?
Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for Dengue Fever.
How can I protect myself from mosquito-borne illnesses while traveling?
Use insect repellent, wear long pants and sleeves, and add screens to windows to keep mosquitoes out.
What are some recommended precautions for pregnant travelers?
Pregnant travelers should consider postponing trips to areas with active Zika virus transmission and take extra measures to avoid mosquito bites.
Are there any travel health notifications for popular holiday destinations?
The CDC provides travel health notifications for several destinations, so it’s essential to check these before planning your trip.
Why does Mr. Mister prioritize educating customers about mosquito-borne illnesses?
At Mr. Mister, we value your health and safety, and we believe that educating our customers about these diseases and the importance of mosquito protection is a vital part of our commitment to your well-being.