Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitoes
Some mosquitoes are vectors for diseases. This means they can transmit diseases from one human or animal to another. Typically, the diseases are caused by viruses or tiny parasites. For example, a mosquito that bites an infected human or animal can pick up a virus along with the blood meal. The mosquito and virus do not harm one another but the virus reproduces inside the mosquito. Later, the mosquito can pass the viruses to other humans when biting them.
If you're planning a trip and you're wondering how to protect yourself from vector-borne illness, try visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Travelers' Health page.
West Nile Virus
- Learn About West Nile Virus - NPIC
- Symptoms and General Information on West Nile Virus - NPIC
- West Nile Virus Statistics and Maps - NPIC
- State and Federal West Nile Virus Resources - NPIC
- Frequently Asked Questions about Malaria - Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Geographic Distribution of Malaria - Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Dengue Fever - Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Interactive Map of Global Dengue Activity - CDC-HealthMap Collaboration
- What is Heartworm Disease? - American Heartworm Society
- Mosquito-Borne Dog Heartworm Disease - University of Florida
Other Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitoes
- Mosquito-Borne Diseases - Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Information on Mosquito-Borne Diseases - American Mosquito Control Association
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