Mosquitos can be bothersome pests. They fly around your face, buzz annoyingly, and can be a real bummer when you’re trying to enjoy the outdoors. These nasty little insects are not only irritating but can also spread a wide number of diseases! You won’t want to skimp on the citronella ever again! Mosquito-borne diseases threatens the World.
One of the most common diseases spread by mosquitos is Malaria. The symptoms of this disease include; fever, chills, muscle pain, headaches, nausea, and fatigue. After getting bitten by a mosquito, this disease can take weeks before the victim even notices symptoms of the disease. It can be especially dangerous in young children and the elderly; whose immune systems are not that strong. If untreated, this disease can be fatal. This disease was quite the epidemic in many African countries, south of the Sahara Desert. It was responsible for a lot of illnesses and deaths.
Mosquito-borne diseases: or mosquito-borne illnesses are diseases caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites transmitted by mosquitoes. They can transmit disease without being affected themselves. Nearly 700 million people get a mosquito-borne illness each year resulting in over one million deaths. Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes include malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, filariasis, tularemia, dirofilariasis, Japanese encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, Ross River fever, Barmah Forest fever, La Crosse encephalitis, and Zika fever, as well as newly detected Keystone virus and Rift Valley fever. Mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever and malaria, typically affect third world countries and areas with tropical climates. Mosquito vectors are sensitive to climate changes and tend to follow seasonal patterns. Between years there are often dramatic shifts in incidence rates. The occurrence of this phenomenon in endemic areas makes mosquito-borne viruses difficult to treat.
2. Chikungunya Disease
Another common disease, spread by mosquitos, is chikungunya disease. This is a viral disease that causes a great deal of discomfort in the victim. Those who contract this disease experience excruciating joint pain, leaving them entirely debilitated. Many people who suffer from this disease have such horrendous pain, they can’t move or even eat on their own. There is no cure and the symptoms of this awful disease can last for weeks on end. About the only thing doctors can do to treat it is, prescribing pain meds. It began in the Caribbean region but has since spread. Cases of the disease have since been found in both Florida and Puerto Rico.
Mosquitos can even affect our pets! Heartworm is a mosquito-transmitted disease that our kittens and pooches can contract. It can be life-threatening if untreated. You will notice symptoms like fatigue, decrease in appetite, and even mild coughing if your pet has the disease. Thankfully, doctors have created preventatives and medications to treat this disease. Over the years it has killed thousands of innocent animals though.
So, before you think buying that repellant spray is a waste of money – think again! Wear your long sleeves, buy that spray, invest in some citronella candles. You can never be too safe when it comes to disease safety.