There’s one thing that everyone knows about mosquitos; they carry disease. Although West Nile is the most common, there are several other potentially deadly diseases that humans can contract from a mosquito bite. While most have no treatment or vaccines, MA mosquito control becomes imperative – especially this time of year.
First discovered in Uganda in 1947, the Zika virus is mostly invisible in four out of five infected people. With little to no symptoms, Zika can often be overlooked but is especially dangerous for pregnant women. Linked to the birth defect known as microcephaly, Zika can cause small heads and brain damage in newborns.
However, those who do develop symptoms often report low-grade fevers, conjunctivitis, joint pain, and rashes. In more severe cases, Zika has caused viral infections leading to paralysis of the legs.
Although rare in the United States, Dengue is common in highly traveled areas such as Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Also known as “Breakbone Fever,” dengue fever can be severe and cause excruciating pain to those who become infected. Characterized by a sudden high fever, rash, headache, and pain behind the eyes, along with muscle, joint, and bone pain, dengue fever can also lead to hemorrhagic fever, which can be deadly.
Chikungunya is native to Asia and India but has started to make its way into European and American countries. With no cure and symptoms that may last months or years, chikungunya can also be asymptomatic. However, for those that do experience the effects of the disease, the joint pain is often debilitating. Not to mention the rash, severe swelling, headache, nausea, and fatigue that present themselves as well.
While no vaccine and treatments are available for the Zika, dengue fever, or chikungunya, avoiding exposure to mosquitos becomes crucial. However, with the limited warm seasons, we have here in New England, that’s easier said than done!
With help from our team at AllGreen Lawncare, you can have the mosquito control MA residents deserve! Contact us today to learn more about our programs to protect you this upcoming spring and summer 781.762.7080.