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What Diseases Do Mosquitoes Spread?

Across the world, mosquitoes are known for spreading diseases which, sadly, result in more than 700,000 deaths annually. While these diseases disproportionately affect populations in tropical and subtropical regions, they are still a global threat.

The most common mosquito-borne diseases are:

  • Malaria
  • Dengue
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Chagas’ disease
  • Yellow fever
  • Zika virus
  • Rift Valley fever
  • West Nile fever
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Which Mosquitoes Can Transmit Disease?

Aedes, Culex, and Anopheles mosquitoes are responsible for spreading most diseases. Within these families, there are multiple species. However, there are also many types of mosquitoes that do not transmit disease and are just a nuisance pest. Here in Central TN, the threat of a mosquito spreading a mosquito-borne disease is very low but not impossible.

Which Diseases Can You Get From Mosquitoes in Central TN?

There are more than 200 types of mosquitoes in the U.S. Of those, about 12 types are capable of transmitting disease. The diseases that have been found in the United States include Dengue, chikungunya, Zika virus, and Malaria; outbreaks occurred in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Most malaria cases reported were in travelers returning from tropical regions.

Professional mosquito control treatments are the best way to limit mosquito populations on your property.

Symptoms of Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Common symptoms of mosquito-borne diseases include:

  • Sudden high fever
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle tremors or seizures
  • Severe headaches
  • Rash

Any of these symptoms from a suspected mosquito bite warrants an immediate trip to your local hospital.

What Diseases Do Mosquitoes Spread? in Central Tennessee

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