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Common Diseases Mosquitoes Can Carry

Mosquito on skinMost mosquito bites are just itchy and annoying. Sometimes, though, they can lead to illness. While there's no reason to panic, you should know that the list of diseases that mosquitoes carry includes the following.

1. Dengue Fever

Four different viruses can bring about the infection known as dengue fever. Common in tropical regions, these viruses enter people's bodies through mosquito bites and reproduce rapidly. Eventually, an afflicted person will experience acute symptoms like back pain and an extreme fever.

2. Encephalitis

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. Patients who suffer from this disease may experience seizures, brain damage, high fevers, and other major problems.

There are various types of encephalitis, including Western Equine and Eastern Equine. St. Louis encephalitis poses the greatest danger to residents of Florida and Alabama.

3. Malaria

Malaria generally affects people who live in or travel to places near the equator. It attacks blood cells, and people with this condition often feel as though they have the flu. Every year, malaria that's been transmitted by mosquitoes kills about 1 million people.

4. West Nile Fever

If you come down with West Nile fever, you may feel like you have the flu, or you might just feel fatigued for several weeks or months. On the other hand, the virus that causes this infection might not have any effect on you at all.

In certain individuals, West Nile fever can gravely harm the brain and nervous system. Senior citizens are the most likely to become ill due to this virus.

5. Zika

As with the West Nile virus, the Zika virus often produces no symptoms whatsoever. In other cases, it triggers moderate symptoms such as mild pain, a low fever, and red eyes. However, when pregnant women are affected by this virus, it can lead to microcephaly, a birth defect that causes an infant's head to be too small.

Be aware that the Aedes aegypti, one of the mosquitoes that spreads Zika, typically bites during the day.

With this medical information in mind, it's important to take precautions against these pesky insects. Wear mosquito repellent as often as you can, and get every vaccine your doctor recommends, especially when you travel to equatorial countries.

In addition, remember that Environmental Security Pest Control is an eco-friendly company that many Floridians and Alabamans have relied on for years. EnSec's team of experts can provide you with safe and customized pest control solutions. When mosquitoes vanish from your property, everyone can relax a little more. Contact us today!

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