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What Diseases Can Be Transmitted By Mosquitos?

Mosquito Borne Diseases

Mosquitos are some of the biggest pests out there today. They buzz around your body until they find the perfect spot to bite. There are plenty of ways to prevent mosquito bites, but none of them are 100 percent effective. You can only do so much to prevent a mosquito bite. If you do get bit, there are quite a bit of diseases that are transmitted by mosquitos.

West Nile Virus

Possibly the most widely known disease transmitted by mosquitos is that of West Nile Virus. The disease originated in Africa in 1937 and spread to Europe, the Middle East and then into Asia. West Nile Virus made its first appearance in North America in 1999 in New York. There were 62 confirmed cases with seven deaths. As of 2014, the CDC has received 36,437 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus.

Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is another disease often transmitted by mosquitos. This disease has a history dating back more than 400 years. At the present time, yellow fever is only found in tropical locations in the Americas and Africa. This has become quite a rare disease because there are vaccination requirements in many countries related to travel.


Malaria is described as an ancient disease that most likely started in Africa. This disease is transmitted by female mosquitoes. Malaria comes from the Italian term mal-aria, which means bad air, because thousands of years ago people thought the disease was spread through the air from swamps and other bodies of water via the wind.


Dengue is a very serious disease transmitted by mosquitoes in Africa, the Americas and Asia. Dengue has a low mortality rate, but has very strong symptoms. The instance of Dengue cases has risen over the past 15-plus years. Puerto Rico experienced a large outbreak back in 2010 as 21,000 cases were reported. Florida had its first reported case in 75 years back in 2009 in Key West.

The best way to prevent mosquito bites is to have your property (business or residential) sprayed for mosquitoes by an experienced exterminator. Contact Tick Killz in Denville, NJ today to schedule a consultation.