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What Diseases Do Mosquitoes Spread?

Globally, mosquitoes are infamous vectors for a host of diseases, contributing to over 700,000 fatalities annually from vector-borne illnesses. These diseases primarily affect tropical and subtropical regions but pose a risk worldwide. Among the numerous diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, the most prevalent include:

  • Malaria
  • Dengue
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Chagas disease
  • Yellow fever
  • Zika virus
  • Rift Valley fever
  • West Nile virus
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Which Mosquitoes Can Transmit Disease?

The transmission of these diseases is primarily attributed to three mosquito genera: Aedes, Culex, and Anopheles. Each genus encompasses multiple species with varying capabilities for disease transmission. Fortunately, not all mosquito species are disease vectors; many serve merely as irritating pests without posing significant health risks.

What Diseases Do Mosquitoes Carry in the U.s.?

In the United States, over 200 mosquito species have been identified, but only about 12 of these are known to spread diseases. Recorded outbreaks include Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika Virus, and Malaria, notably in regions such as Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the US Virgin Islands. Malaria cases are predominantly reported in travelers returning from affected tropical areas, highlighting that most mosquitoes encountered domestically are unlikely to transmit serious diseases.

Symptoms of Mosquito-Borne Disease

While many mosquito bites result in minor symptoms, certain signs may indicate a more severe vector-borne disease, including:

  • Sudden high fever
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle tremors or seizures
  • Severe headaches
  • Rash

Experiencing these symptoms following a mosquito bite should prompt an immediate visit to a healthcare facility for assessment and treatment. Awareness and timely response are crucial in managing the risks associated with mosquito-borne diseases.

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