Mosquito diseases are an important factor in the need to be proactive about getting rid of mosquitoes.
Aside from the irritation and inconvenience of having mosquito bites, there are far more serious reasons for being aggressive about mosquito kill.
They are carriers, or vectors, for a number of serious, and sometimes fatal, diseases.
Before modern transportation turned our planet into a global village, many of these diseases were restricted to specific geographic areas. Now, a Western traveler to Laos, for example, can be bitten and infected with Dengue fever, return home with active symptoms and be bitten by a mosquito that can transmit the disease to someone else.
In fact, West Nile virus came to North America from South East Asia because a shipment of used tires arrived in Houston, Texas harboring infected Asian Tiger, aedes egypti, mosquitoes. Mosquito Pictures–Asian Tiger From the original Asian Tigers that arrived in the Southern United States, their range has spread and now covers most of the United States. They have also spread to most of the United States from the original Texas stowaways.
To look at the mosquito diseases that are endemic only to one part of the globe is very sort sighted. It fails to take into account that disease risks occurring half way around the globe are risks everywhere because we have become so mobile.
The most important, and prevalent, mosquito borne diseases are these.
There are several strains of encephalitis, most classified according to region and mosquito vector. It is not only a risk to humans, but also to livestock. Equine encephalitis is a major concern for horse breeders and owners. Learn more about Encephalitis
West Nile virus
West Nile virus has been around since 1937, when it was first discovered in Africa. With the arrival of the Asian Tiger Mosquito in the United States, it has become a health problem in the Americas as well. While not as deadly as malaria, it is still a very serious mosquito disease. Learn more about West Nile Virus
Not a newcomer in the human plague arena, malaria is a serious, and sometimes epidemic disease, especially in tropical countries. It’s wide reaching destructiveness keeps it on the radar screen of the World Health Organization as a significant global concern. Learn more about malaria.
Originally restricted to South East Asia, dengue fever is rapidly spreading around the world. It is now becoming a serious health risk in areas where it previously was extremely rare. Learn more about Dengue Fever.
In terms number of deaths caused by wildlife, world wide, mosquitoes lead the pack. It is no longer an option to ignore ways to reduce their populations. It is a health imperative, especially since many of these mosquito diseases appear to be spreading to areas where they were once rare.