Viral Diseases Carried by Mosquitoes
Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? While playing in the sun can be fun, you should know that pesky mosquitoes carry an array of viral diseases that could be life threatening.
Although most people have heard about the correlation between mosquitoes and West Nile virus, there are many diseases carried by mosquitoes that the general population does not know about. Sadly, if a news station does not report on a person contracting a "mosquito disease" most people will not know that these diseases even exist. Mosquitoes are one of the dirtiest, and deadliest, creatures known to man, and these little bothers may just be responsible for man than you think.
Some of the viral diseases carried by mosquitoes include, yellow fever; dengue fever; epidemic polyarthritis; Rift Valley fever; Ross River Fever; St. Louis encephalitis, West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis, LaCross encephalitis, and many other types of invasive diseases. Mosquitoes are solely responsible for malaria, which happens to be the world's leading cause of premature death. Since most North American news stations do not report on deaths caused by malaria, most of us are entirely unaware of the real threat that mosquitoes can pose.
More than 5.3 million deaths occur each year due to the mosquito genus Anopheles, which carries the malaria virus – children under the age of five account for most of these deaths. Though the genus Anopheles is not usually found within North America, almost all mosquitoes are capable of carrying the filariasis worm, which causes the disease elephantiasis – 40 million people worldwide are currently dealing with some form of elephantiasis.
Even though all of these statistics are scary, they are not the most terrifying part of the whole mosquito epidemic. As people age, mosquito bites are often undetected. Though children often swell up and turn red upon receiving a bite, adults tend to build up an immunity to mosquitoes as they receive more and more bites. In short, you could be infected by a disease that was carried by a mosquito, and not even know about it.
While some types of mosquitoes can not be deterred, the mosquitoes found throughout North America can usually be warded off with the application of a natural mosquito repellent. Mosquitoes tend to stay away from people that are armed with special products, and this is exactly what you should be aiming for. Keep mosquitoes away from your body, and keep your health in tact by being prepared; remaining educated; and using a mosquito repellent that is guaranteed to work.