Although most people know that mosquitoes are carriers of disease, they fail to realize how potentially dangerous they truly are. In recent years, the CDC has paid close attention to habits of mosquitoes and the viruses they spread, and what they have found is extremely alarming. In addition to simply being annoying, mosquitoes can transfer any number of viruses, such as chikungunya & West Nile viruses. As science learns more about mosquitoes, and global travel to regions where people carry several diseases continues to climb, the threat from mosquitoes has become all too real for people everywhere.
West Nile and Chikungunya
As many as 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries have been exposed at some level to diseases spread by mosquitoes. Diseases such as West Nile and Chikungunya spread so rapidly that it’s almost impossible to contain them. At first, many people don’t tend to show symptoms, as the levels of disease are kept just below the point where they would be apparent to the individual. However, the diseases tend to be prevalent enough in hosts that they are re-transmitted when mosquitoes who haven’t been exposed attempt to make a meal of contaminated individuals. In many cases, these diseases aren’t something we tend to notice. The symptoms of fever are common enough that it can be hard to pinpoint what is the cause without blood work, but the viruses do tend to show up when people are tested, especially in the summer.
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Hot spots for chikungunya & West Nile viruses
The West Nile virus and Chikungunya are so widespread that it can be hard to say that one area is a hot spot, but if you look at mosquito breeding populations and surges in infections, areas in the southern part of the world are most commonly affected. With the high concentration of water, marshlands, humidity, and lots of people, these are ideal areas for mosquitoes to breed. Just because these disease-carrying mosquitoes may not be as common in the Northern Virginia area doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous anywhere mosquitoes are found.
Taking precautions when traveling
When traveling, beware of hot, humid climates and be mindful of areas where medical supplies haven’t made the rounds. If you are in an area that has standing or stagnant water, you may want to take extra precautions. Water is like a magnet for mosquitoes and they tend to breed quickly, especially when the temperatures are hot. In warm areas with lots of people, such as the Caribbean, there’s a strong chance that diseases are likely to spread from bites, so take extra precautions.
Further information on disease-spreading mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can easily ruin a good time, but more than that, they can spread disease and infection. If you believe that you are going to be in an area where mosquito populations are high, be sure to take extra precautions. If you’re wary about mosquitoes, the experts at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s are happy to help. Give us a call today to learn more!Back to Mosquito Exterminators, Control & Abatement
What are Chikungunya & West Nile Viruses? in Virginia
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