Did you know that out of all the animals in the world, mosquitoes are the most deadly of them all? It is estimated that worldwide, mosquitoes kill 750,000 people every year. In fact, mosquitoes and the diseases they spread have been responsible for killing more people than all the wars in history. Are you safe from Zika virus in Illinois?
One of the most deadly diseases carried by mosquitoes is malaria, which kills 2 to 3 million people and infects another 200 million every year. Add a host of other mosquito-borne diseases like yellow fever, dengue, West Nile and now the Zika virus, and there’s little question why the world’s leading medical professionals and scientific minds are encouraging mosquito-control efforts.
As a resident of the United States though, malaria isn’t necessarily an immediate concern to most. But the reality is that malaria has occurred in the United States, and still could on rare occasions. That’s because the mosquitoes capable of carrying and transmitting malaria, the Anopheles genus, are found in portions of the eastern and central United States.
Today, however, the developing threat of Zika continues to grow and reports of it in the United States (though not locally transmitted) have become a far greater threat than other mosquito-borne diseases. This should be especially concerning for residents in Illinois.
Some of the most common mosquitoes found in Illinois are of the Aedes genus. This family of mosquitoes includes many nuisance mosquitoes known to bite frequently and feature several species that transmit disease to humans, including Aedes aegypti which carries the Zika virus. Though researchers don’t believe the Aedes aegypti mosquito will reach outside of the southern United States, the new concern is that the Zika virus has been detected in Aedes albopictus, which is already present in Illinois.
There is a silver lining for people living in Illinois and throughout the United States — Aedes albopictus is not known to bite as aggressively as Aedes aegypti, which reduces the risk of local transmission of the Zika virus.
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Though the risk may be lowered, there’s never a guarantee to avoid a mosquito bite, so the best way to protect yourself and your family is to enlist the help of mosquito control experts like us at Platinum Pest. We’ll provide you the peace of mind you need with Chicago’s best pest management system, personalized to meet your needs. Give us a call today!