Mosquitoes Suck, But Can They Make You Sick?

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Our blog has featured information about mosquito-borne diseases such as lyme disease and malaria, but with all the recent news about West Nile disease, you may be wondering if your family is at risk, or even what West Nile Virus is? West Nile Disease is a virus that is most commonly spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.  According to the CDC, so far in 2013 cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.

There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. About 1 in 5 people who are bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile Virus will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Less than 1% of people who are infected with WNV will develop a serious, and sometimes fatal, neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues) but it is important to know the signs and symptoms if you think someone you know has contracted West Nile. The symptoms of neurologic illness can include:

  • headache
  • fever
  • neck stiffness
  • disorientation
  • coma
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • paralysis

2012 set new records for West Nile Virus with over 5,000 cases reported. The scary fact is that 80% of people infected never show any symptoms. That means the 5,000 cases reported were people who actually felt symptoms and were diagnosed, so there’s no telling how many people were infected and didn’t know. Since the most effective way of preventing West Nile Virus is to prevent mosquito bites, mosquito control in your yard is the best way to stay protected around your home. The most popular treatment option offered by Mosquito Joe is an ongoing barrier spray treatment applied in your yard every 21 days by our certified pest control technicians, targeting areas where mosquitoes are known to breed and congregate, such as shrubs, foliage and areas with standing water. Our goal is to not only get you outside enjoying your yard again, but to keep your family healthy and protected from any mosquito-borne illnesses. With the MoJo 100% guarantee, it is a phone call you don’t want to put off any longer this mosquito season. Call your local Mosquito Joe today for a free quote on keeping your yard not only mosquito free, but disease free!

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