Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus: Your Complete Guide to Staying Safe this Summer
The teeny tiny nuisances, mosquitoes are most often associated with an annoying buzz, an undetected bite and then an ensuing itch that seems to last for weeks. The urge to scratch isn’t all you need to worry about, though; mosquitoes can be more than harmless pests. Like many bugs, mosquitoes have the ability to carry and transmit disease and they thrive in the summer months.
One of the most notable and feared diseases is West Nile Virus. Most cases occur from June through September, according to the CDC, and though most people don’t experience any symptoms at all, a very small number (less than 1 percent) die from complications brought on by West Nile Virus.
It’s hard to say which areas of the country will be hit hardest and it’s tough to predict how bad the outbreak will be each year, as it changes drastically. With the start of summer, though, you should know about mosquitoes, West Nile Virus and how to protect yourself. We consulted the CDC and WHO (World Health Organization) for everything you need to know about mosquitoes and West Nile Virus this summer season.