Yes, unfortunately we have now come to that time of year where mosquitoes will be prominent. We all want to avoid Mosquito bites and rightfully so. These can be itchy and irritating to have. Unfortunately the Mosquito is quite sneaky usually we don’t know we have been bitten till after the fact. This is also a very frightening thing about the Mosquito. I don’t need to tell anyone here that Mosquitoes aren’t just irritants but they are also carriers of different diseases. These make getting a Mosquito biet all that more scary. So I felt the need to go over a few of these viruses not to alarm anyone but to make them aware that this pest can cause other problems not just irritated skin.
Zika: No doubt one many of us have heard about these days on the news. However, it seems to be the one getting all the publicity while the other conditions fall by the waste side. Yes, Zika can be serious especially for pregnant woman no doubt about that and there are symptoms to look out for these are: rash, joint pain, fever. Unfortunately, for many of us these symptoms mimic other conditions and unless we are pregnant odds are it’s nothing to worry about. However, pregnant women are another story all together since Zika has been linked to birth defects in newborns.
West Nile: One of the more common illnesses these days transmitted by a Mosquito bite. Some individuals who have it display little or no symptoms. Others have flu like symptoms that take awhile to go away. However, West Nile has also been determine to be fatal in those who are already in poor health, children and the elderly.
Chikungunya: This one was the Zika of 2013. Suddenly this virus that was more commonly found in Africa and Asia was being found in individuals in other parts of the world. Since that time no new reports of
Chikungunya have been found anywhere but the region that it’s known to be found. However, the symptoms of Chikungunya are as follows: muscle pain, headache, fever, joint pain and fatique.
These are just a few of the viruses that a Mosquito can transmit. No doubt many of us have also heard of Malaria and Yellow Fever as well. However, although the CDC continues to monitor for these there hasn’t been a new case in any area of the world for decades now. With summer upon us no doubt we will all find ourselves encountering the dreaded Mosquito the thing to do is to take precautions such as wearing a type of repellant, but one thing not to do is live in fear.
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