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Mosquitoes, Disease and What You Can Do
According to the NC Department of Health & Human Services, the three most common mosquito-borne diseases that cause human illness are arboviruses called Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), La Crosse Encephalitis (LAC) and West Nile Virus (WNV). Illness usually begins with sudden onset headache, high fever, chills and vomiting. The illness may become more serious and involve disorientation, seizures or coma, significant brain damage or even death. There is no specific cure for arboviral illnesses; therapy is limited to treating the symptoms.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis is also a bird disease. It’s associated with mosquitoes that live in freshwater swamps and bite birds. EEE is most likely to occur in Coastal and Eastern Piedmont areas during the late summer and early fall. In our state, the cases are most severe in children and people over 50. From 2003 to 2012, 6 cases were reported from five counties.
La Crosse Encephalitis is the most frequently reported illness in our state. LAC appears to be maintained in small mammals such as squirrels and is transmitted by mosquitoes that breed in tree holes or small containers that hold water. LAC is most likely to occur in the mountain counties of Buncombe, Transylvania and Henderson, primarily in children under the age of 14. From 2003 to 2012, 187 cases were reported from 27 counties.
West Nile Virus arrived in the USA in 1999 and has spread across the country. Carried by birds, the disease is spread when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then bites a person or an animal such as a horse. WNV is most likely to occur in the Piedmont counties, although it can occur anywhere in the state. WNV cases are seen most frequently in people over 40 years old (75% of cases from 2003-2012). From 2003 to 2012, 43 cases were reported from 26 counties.
For 2016, we have a new disease – the Zika Virus.
In January, The National Institutes of Health estimated that 200 million Americans reside in areas that might be conducive to the spread of the Zika virus during the warmer months. Areas including the East & West Coast and much of the Midwest. Another 22.7 million people live in subtropical parts of the country that might support the spread of Zika all year around – including Florida and southern Texas. In April, the CDC updated this information by increasing the range of affected US States from 12 to 30.
Common symptoms of infection are fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes as well as, headache and muscle pain. Symptoms are usually mild and last several days to a week. Zika has also been linked to a steep increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly, a very serious condition characterized by a small head and brain. Currently, there is no treatment or vaccine for Zika although researchers are working on it.
So what can you do?
Eliminate possible breeding sites.
Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one inch of standing water. So remove empty containers like buckets and toys that can collect water. Clean out your gutters – another great place for water to stand if clogged with debris. If a pet dish must be left outdoors – be sure to change the water daily.
Remove a comfortable resting place.
Mosquitoes like to rest in tall grass and shrubs during the day. Mow your grass and trim your shrubs.
What you can’t control are the neighbors. Protect your friends, family, and pets from these deadly insects – call us and let our team of experts Stop the Bites! in your yard.
Learn more – Zika Mosquito Control from our recent blog post.