Though severe illnesses are rare in the United States, mosquito-borne diseases are still possible. Especially here in El Paso, mosquito diseases are something to be mindful with St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE) virus having recently been found. Knowing what symptoms to look for and what to do to prevent them is vital in keeping you and your loved ones safe.
St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE) Virus
In late 2021, the St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE) virus was found in mosquitos trapped and tested in El Paso County. In most cases, people do not exhibit symptoms, though individuals over the age of 60 are at a greater risk for severe illness. Symptoms of this virus include fever, headache, and nausea. In some cases, individuals may develop neuroinvasive diseases such as encephalitis or meningitis. Rare occasions can result in long-term disability or even death.
West Nile Virus (WNV)
Those with the West Nile virus (WNV) often do not know that they are infected, usually experiencing no symptoms, or 1 in 5 will experience symptoms often associated with a seasonal illness or mild flu. Unfortunately, 1% of those infected develop symptoms such as high fever, encephalitis, meningitis, paralysis, or even death. In 2021, there were 112 confirmed cases of the West Nile virus in the state of Texas.
Concerns for Devastating Outbreaks
There are mosquito-borne diseases that are a concern for the region, though none have been found in local cases. These diseases include Zika, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus, Chikungunya, and Dengue.
Fight the Bite
There are certain precautions you can take to help prevent mosquitos and their diseases. First, utilize the 7 Ts of Mosquito Control to reduce favorable places mosquitoes like to spawn. Second, use repellants and proper coverings when you plan on being out during dusk and evening. Finally, call the Mosquito Squad of El Paso and ask about our most popular mosquito control option, the Traditional Mosquito Barrier Treatment.
Get Mosquito Control in El Paso Today!
Don't delay getting your home treated for mosquitoes. Take action yourself to reduce mosquitoes on your property by following the 7 Ts of mosquito control. And if you're ready to enjoy your yard all season long without worrying about getting any of these diseases, call our team today to request a free quote for the El Paso mosquito control treatment.