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Another Mosquito Borne Virus Alert!

Reports on mosquito borne diseases are sadly, very much a common occurrence these days. With the recent Olympics in Brazil, there’s been a lot in the media focusing on the Zika virus and also how the virus is making it’s way through the United States. However, it’s not just Zika that we should be concerned with. There are other diseases out there that are lesser known… take St. Louis Encephalitis for example. Here’s an article with more information.

Mosquitoes found in Orange County carrying rarely-seen virus

A virus known as St. Louis encephalitis has been detected in Orange County mosquitoes for the first time in 30 years, officials said. The virus was found in adult mosquito samples collected in Garden Grove in the back garden of the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District. It was detected as part of a program that normally looks to monitor for mosquitoes carrying the more-common West Nile virus.

As with many other mosquito borne illness, there is currently no vaccine or cure. As we’ve said before the best method of mosquito protection is prevention and not cure.

Here’s a report from 2 years ago when the outbreak of St. Louis encephalitis came to be a news story.

Prior to this report, it seems that 2011 was the last time this lesser know disease came to be a headline.

5 Diseases You Didn’t Know You Could Get From Mosquitoes

Whether you’re outside on a cool summer night on your own patio or making a getaway for the weekend , you may find yourself swatting away at bugs all night long. Bug spray is not only important, but sometimes, it can be life-saving. Mosquitoes can spread more diseases than just West Nile and Zika, and avoiding them can help keep you safe and healthy.

The best thing you can do is to educate yourself as to the risks that are very real and very ‘out there’. There will be more, it is inevitable so do what you can to keep yourself and your family safe from these misery inflicting bugs.

 

 

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