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What Viruses Do Mosquitoes Carry?

Mosquito_2007-2-300x268We all know how pesky mosquitos can be with their annoying buzzing noise and the large and raised itchy marks they leave us with. However, mosquitoes can also be carriers of some major disease, some of them debilitating and deadly. In fact, mosquitoes are credited with causing more human suffering than any other organism on the planet. Each year, more than one million people die globally from mosquito-borne illnesses.

Although the mosquito itself is rarely affected by the diseases and parasites it carries, it picks it up from one organism and has a high potential to spread it to the next organism that it decides to feast on. Mosquitoes can carry the following diseases:

Zika Virus

The Zika virus has been a topic that has been talked about in the news recently in the United States. The Zika virus is spread specifically by the Aedes aegypti, or yellow fever mosquitoes. Its name comes from teh Zika Forest of Uganda. It was first discovered there in 1947. Since the 1950s, there have been outbreaks in a number countries, including Latin America. It is believed to make its way to the United States. Zika symptoms include fever, joint pain, rash, and red eyes. This virus has also been linked to severe birth defects and unfortunately it cannot be prevented by medications or vaccines.

West Nile Virus

Many cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the United States in humans and in animals. This virus has the potential to cause serious illness and even death. Although getting West Nile virus is not common, you can reduce your risk by reducing your exposure to mosquitoes. Symptoms include headache, fever, body aches, swollen lymph glands, and rashes. However, an estimated 20 percent of people infected will only have mild symptoms which generally occur three to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Dengue Virus

In the tropics and subtropics, Dengue fever is the leading cause of illness and death. It is estimated that around 400 million people are infected by this virus each year. There are actually four related viruses carried by mosquitos that can cause this disease. The most effective prevention measures are to avoid mosquito bites as there are no vaccines.


Although technically not a virus, Malaria is a serious and sometimes deadly disease caused by a parasite that often infects certain types of mosquitoes that feed on humans. Malaria symptoms include high fever, shaking chills, and other flu-like symptoms.

Professional Help

To avoid this dangerous illnesses and others like them that are transmitted by mosquitoes, it is best to prevent contact with mosquitoes altogether. For assistance in controlling mosquitoes on your property, contact Clegg’s online. Or you can call on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your home or business.

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