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.
Chikungunya carried by:
Aedes aegypti and probably Aedes albopictus
For more information visit www.cdc.gov/chikungunya
Joint pain and swelling
Chikungunya is a virus first known from Africa. The name literally means “that which bends up” and refers to the severe joint pain that often accompanies the illness. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain, followed by headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Most people get better within
a week, but joint pain may persist for months. Most people infected with chikungunya do feel sick. Symptoms usually start within 3-7 days of the bite.