2018 is shaping up to be a pretty major year for mosquito-borne illnesses. Daytime “ankle biter” mosquitoes that can transmit the viruses that cause Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever are pestering Southern California, West Nile Virus (which can cause meningitis and brain inflammation) has been plaguing Michigan and New Jersey and dozens of other states, and Zika virus disease has been spread by mosquitoes in Texas and Florida, with at least 34 Zika virus disease cases reported in America so far this year. Feeling itchier than ever recently? It’s not just your imagination—according to the CDC, mosquito, tick, and flea borne infections have tripled since 2004, partially due to the emergence of mosquito-borne Zika.
There are two main species of mosquitoes: Aedes aegypti, which typically live in tropical, subtropical, and in some temperate climates, and Aedes albopictus, which can thrive in a broader temperature range and at cooler temperatures than their aegypti cousins, creeping north to the Pacific Northwest and deeper into the Northeast. These maps from the CDC give a good estimate of the likelihood these mosquitoes live near you in the contiguous United States. According to the CDC, while Ae. albopictus feed on both animals and people, Ae. aegypti mosquitoes live near and prefer to feed on people, they are more likely to spread these viruses than other types of mosquitoes. When it comes to spreading diseases, those Ae. aegypti buggers are the ones to watch out for.
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