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 animals please visit the CDC's website.



More Information

For more information about disease transmission in the State of Indiana, please visit there website for the most current data.



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