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Mosquito Borne Diseases
Mosquito-borne diseases of humans offer special challenges to those endeavoring to prevent or control disease outbreaks. A health-related mosquito problem is the ability of a mosquito to transmit infectious disease.
Common Area Diseases
In Bay County, health-related problems include Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, and West Nile Virus. However, nearby in the Caribbean and Central American, other mosquito-transmitted diseases are common (e.g., dengue, malaria, and yellow fever.)
Dog Heartworm is a chronic disease of dogs (and sometimes cats) that is due to a mosquito-transmitted filarial worm parasite.
Dengue is a disease with symptoms ranging from simple flu-like illness to severe hemorrhagic symptoms.
Dog Heartworm Disease
Heartworm disease in dogs and related canines is caused by a filarial nematode.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is caused by a virus transmitted to humans and horses by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Presently, the major hazard of malaria transmission in Florida stems from people who have relapses, or cases recently acquired in foreign countries where malaria is common.
St. Louis Encephalitis
We know that wild bird populations are central to the transmission cycle of St. Louis Encephalitis.
West Nile Virus
The disease caused by the virus is known as encephalitis and can be severe in the elderly, but it is usually mild in healthy adults and children.
Two forms of yellow fever exist: the urban form, and the sylvatic/jungle form.
Zika mosquito carriers (container breeders) bite people during the day. They don’t travel, but stay within a quarter mile of where they are born.
Chickungunya is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Ae. Albopictus, and are the principal vectors in most of the world.