The List of Mosquito-Borne Disease Continues To Grow
When you think of mosquito-borne disease, do you think of Malaria, Zika and West Nile virus? You would be forgiven if they are the only ones you can name. However, there are so many more to add to the list. There are many other infections that mosquitoes can transmit that many of us are not even aware of. Here’s an article that gives an insight into 18 possible diseases that you could be susceptible to from a mosquito bite.
Five years ago, Bill Gates wrote in his blog that the deadliest animal in the world is the mosquito. When it comes to killing humans, no other animal even comes close. According to the World Health Organization, about 725,000 people are killed every year by mosquito-borne diseases. In an update of a post from 2015, I will go over 18 parasitic and viral infections that humans can contract from a mosquito bite.
Each disease can have different symptoms. Some more severe than others. Some are even hard to detect in the first place. So we know that these infections are transmitted by mosquitoes, but exactly how does this happen?
The mosquito species Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus carry dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus. In addition, Aedes aegypti also transmits yellow fever. Studies done in Gabon and India show that humans can be infected with chikungunya and dengue at the same time. Entomological studies confirming coinfection in mosquitoes are rare. The Gabon study found one mosquito specimen that was positive for both viruses, meaning that it is possible that the bite of a single mosquito could infect a person with 2 viruses at the same time.
Are you protecting yourself from mosquitoes? Are you really taking the threat they pose to your health seriously? If not, it’s about time to take action because these killers mean business. There may only be around 18 diseases to name right now, but the list will keep growing and growing. Let’s do what we can to slow it down!