Major Mosquito Risks: Dengue and Yellow Fever

Author: Mosquito Squad of St. Petersburg - Clearwater

It’s no secret that mosquitos are bad news, but many people lose sight of the fact that mosquitos do much more than cause red, itchy bumps. Mosquitos have the ability to carry dangerous diseases like dengue and yellow fever, and even though they are not epidemics in our country, cases still can emerge in Florida. It is essential to understand the risks posed by mosquitoes and protect your family accordingly.

About Dengue and Yellow Fever

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral infection that causes a flu-like illness. Since dengue can progress into potentially deadly complications, it is one of the leading causes of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries. Fortunately, effective vector control measures have proven effective in preventing and controlling the spread of dengue.

The same mosquito that spreads dengue can also spread yellow fever, a virus found in tropical and subtropical areas that causes feverish symptoms and usually passes after a week. However, about 15 percent of yellow fever cases develop into a severe form of the disease that causes bleeding, high fever, jaundice, and organ failure.

The Dengue and Yellow Fever in Florida

Mosquito-borne diseases do not impact the United States of America like they do tropical countries, but there are still instances of dengue in Florida. Dengue had actually been eliminated from the U.S. decades ago, until travelers to dengue-epidemic countries brought it back. An outbreak occurred in 2009-2010 in Key West and Martin County in 2013. The yellow fever has not emerged in North America for more than 100 years, but the mosquito that carries it is found in Florida. The risk of introduction is always possible, making protection from mosquitoes more important than ever.

Stop Disease In Its Tracks

The Mosquito Squad of St. Petersburg-Clearwater is a team of mosquito control experts who are fully trained to identify mosquito breeding opportunities on your property and create a plan to reduce and eliminate them. They offer periodic barrier sprays, permanent misting systems, special event sprays, and other services to make sure your family and property remain protected from the dangers of mosquitos. Call now to schedule a free estimate!