Mosquito-Borne Illnesses: What They Are and How to Prevent Them
from HealthyWomen’s Summer Safety area
Mosquitoes are one of summer's biggest annoyances. Their impact can be much worse than itchy bites, because these pests sometimes carry serious illnesses. This summer brings extra concerns because of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
And the Zika virus disease is just one common mosquito-borne illness in the United States. Here are the basics on Zika, ...
Zika Virus Disease
The Zika virus disease is primarily spread by infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. They are found throughout much of the Americas, including parts of the United States.
These mosquitoes, which also spread the dengue and chikungunya viruses, lay eggs in and near standing water in places like buckets, bowls, flower pots and animal dishes. They like to bite people and are aggressive even during the day. They prefer to live indoors or outdoors near people.
While Zika infections are not common in this country and have occurred only as a result of travel, they may increase with the arrival of hot weather and mosquito season. So far, the Zika virus disease has been reported primarily in Brazil and other areas of South America, as well as some cases in Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, the Pacific Islands and Cape Verde. Read more here.