Serious Impacts of Pesky Mosquitoes
Getting bit by mosquitoes is typically an itchy and irritating experience. While most people see these little buzzing insects as just a minor pest, their bite can have some very lasting and serious impacts and in some cases, can be deadly. Keeping your home and yard mosquito-free not only provides a great deal of comfort in the summer, it could potentially keep you from contracting one of the following diseases.
Zika virus is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito which moves from individual to individual to spread the disease. Common symptoms of this deadly disease can include fever, rash, joint pain, and mucous build-up in the eyes. Typically, the illness is mild, with only 1 in 5 infected individuals having symptoms. In general, the virus is not deadly to individuals who are bitten by an infected mosquito; however, if a mother with an unborn child is infected, the result can be devastating.
The virus has been connected with both microcephaly — a condition in which babies are born with very small heads and brain damage. It is also linked to Guillain-Barre Syndrome – a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. Both of these conditions have been shown to cause significant neurological defects, brain damage and other physical disabilities in babies whose mothers are infected with the virus. In addition to being transmitted to a mother’s unborn baby after the mother is bitten by an infected mosquito, it is also thought to be sexually transmitted.