Mosquitoes - A Public Health Concern
The American Mosquito Control Association has designated June 20th - 26th, 2021, as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Over one million people die from mosquito-borne illnesses every year. Mosquitoes transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, malaria, yellow fever, and Zika to human hosts. Uninfected individuals can easily become infected if bitten by infected mosquitoes.
Humans are not the only ones that suffer from mosquito-borne diseases. Dogs and horses are also susceptible to a range of diseases carried by mosquitoes. Heartworm, West Nile virus (WNV), and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) are potentially fatal to animals and are all acquired through mosquito bites.
Here are some actions you can take to prevent mosquitoes from breeding:
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