Diseases Carried by Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other
organism -- over one million people die from mosquito-borne diseases
every year. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans,
they also transmit several diseases and parasites to dogs, cats, and horses.
These include dog heartworm, West Nile virus and Eastern equine
encephalitis. In addition, bites can cause severe skin irritation
through allergic reaction to the mosquito's saliva - this is what causes
the red bump and itching. Mosquito carried diseases include protozoan
diseases (malaria), filarial diseases (heartworm) and viruses (dengue,
encephalitis and yellow fever).
From the CDC
Arboviral Encephalitides is a disease
that can be transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, and several other
organisms. Examples of these diseases are West Nile Virus, St.
Louis Encephalitis, and many others. For more
information about these and other diseases transmitted by insects and
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