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Mosquito Dangers!

​​While many mosquitoes are nothing more than annoying pests; with over 3,000 species worldwide, and 150 in the U.S., some are very dangerous. Unfortunately, some mosquitoes are vectors for diseases in both humans and animals (pets). 

Zika Virus (ZV)

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil.  The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.  New York State has had 22% of all Zika cases reported in the USA.  For more information on the Zika Virus, go to:


West Nile Virus (WN)

Originating in Africa the West Nile virus has spread across parts of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and here at home in the United States. In 2010 981 infections were reported in the U.S., along with 48 deaths. For more information, statistics, and symptoms on the West Nile virus go to:

www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile andwww.mayoclinic.com/health/west-virus/ds00438

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

The eastern equine encephalitis virus is not as common among humans as the WN virus. EEE is more commonly found in various bird species, as well as horses. However, the fatality rate for persons infected with EEE is over 50 percent. Fortunately, there are typically fewer than 30 reported cases nationally in any given year. For more information, statistics, and symptoms on EEE go to:
www.cdc.gov/easternequineencephalitis andwww.mayoclinc.com/health/encephalitis/ds00226

LaCrosse Encephalitis (LAC)

Typically found in the Midwest states LaCrosse encephalitis has been on a slow but steady increase into the southeastern portion of the U.S. Unlike EEE, deaths are very rare, but the majority of infections are among children under the age of 15. The number of LAC cases a year is estimated to be 80-100. For more information, statistics, and symptoms on LAC go to:

Other Mosquito-borne illnesses include:

  • St. Louis encephalitis
  • Dog Heartworm
  • Malaria
  • Dengue
  • Yellow fever