Diseases -Zika

Mosquito Borne Diseases

Believe it or not, mosquitoes lead the list of the most deadly animals in the world, ahead of lions, elephants, hippos, and crocs. It’s estimated that 600,000 people die each year of malaria alone, only one of several important mosquito transmitted diseases. Fortunately, malaria was eradicated in the U.S. many years ago through strong public health efforts and effective mosquito control. But this doesn’t mean we’re free of risks of mosquito borne disease today.

Make a selection to learn more about the most important potential diseases carried by mosquitoes in your community.

Zika Virus carried by:
Aedes aegypti and probably Aedes albopictus

For more information visit www.cdc.gov/zika

Zika Symptoms
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Headache
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Fever
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Conjunctivitis – red eyes
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Muscle pain
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Rash
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Joint pain

Zika

Zika is a disease caused by the Zika virus. It is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. The most common Zika symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes (called conjunctivitis). Symptoms are relatively mild and usually last for only a few days to a week after the mosquito bite. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to a hospital, and they rarely die of Zika.

In fact only one in five people infected with Zika even feel sick. But if Zika infects a woman when she is pregnant, it can harm her baby. A condition called microcephaly has been linked to Zika, as well as other severe fetal brain defects.