Common Mosquito and Tick Diseases
Mosquitos and ticks are more than annoyances. They’re hazards. Both of these pests can carry diseases that pose serious dangers to human health.
The Zika virus is the newest mosquito-borne virus to hit our radar in the United States, but it's already made quite an impact. While the earliest cases have been among those infected while traveling abroad and people who have had intimate contact with them, the possibility for an outbreak in this country does exist. In fact, that possibility has the government working to develop a vaccine against this virus. What happens when someone is infected with the Zika virus? Scientists are still working to understand this fully. At this point, they believe that only 20 percent of those infected will develop symptoms, which include headaches, rash, fever, joint pain and conjunctivitis. Pregnant women should be especially concerned because the disease has been linked to serious birth defects, including microcephaly.
Caused by any one of four viruses carried by mosquitos and passed to humans via a mosquito bite, dengue fever is fairly rare in the continental United States, but it can be spread among the local population if someone brings the virus home after traveling to an area where dengue is common. Symptoms of this virus include high fevers, severe headache, rash, mild bleeding, and eye, joint, bone or muscle pain.
West Nile Virus
Spread by mosquitos, West Nile virus has been detected in every state in the continental United States. Most people who are infected remain asymptomatic, but roughly 20 percent will develop some combination of headaches, body aches, rash, vomiting and diarrhea. A small percentage will develop neurological illness that can trigger severe headaches, seizures, paralysis, coma and even death. People unlucky enough to develop symptoms will likely find themselves struggling with fatigue and weakness for months after the onset of the infection.
Lyme disease hits home. It's transmitted by ticks, and 70 percent of those transmissions are thought to occur in the person's own backyard. The virus is incredibly common in the Northeast; experts believe that nearly half of New Jersey's adult blacklegged ticks carry it. Symptoms of the disease include fever, headaches, fatigue and a bull's eye rash. If it progresses unchecked, Lyme disease can also damage the heart, joints and nervous system. It's important to note that not everyone infected with Lyme will see the characteristic rash or the tick.
With all of these diseases, the best protection is prevention. That means that the best way to protect your heath and that of your family, friends and pets is to keep mosquitos and ticks away from your home and yard. Proudly serving northern New Jersey and New York, Abarb Pest Services offers the pest control services you need at a price you can afford. Contact us today to request a free quote for mosquito and tick control.