Mosquito Bites May Bug You Earlier This Year
Expect mosquito season to arrive early this year and leave residents at greater risk for both the annoyance and the various types of viruses they bring. In fact, some experts are predicting that this year’s mosquito season will be worse than ever. This has put health officials on high alert about the presence of invasive species of mosquitoes carrying dangerous viruses like West Nile and Zika. At MD Now, we are well aware of the threat posed by mosquitoes and want to help South Florida residents protect themselves from these pesky pests and the serious health risks they can carry. Discover more about the dangers of this year’s mosquito season.
Mosquito Bites Bring a Plague of Problems
According to environmental specialists, rain can lead to an abundance of standing water. This type of water tends to attract a unique sort of pest that carries a dangerous mosquito virus. These mosquitoes typically fly very long distances and bite extremely aggressively. These mosquitoes don’t always carry viruses, but remain a constant annoyance.
Any standing water increases the risk of mosquitoes carrying the deadly Zika virus. According to public health data, there have been many mosquito-borne virus outbreaks over the last few years and they expect this to continue. If an outbreak occurs in our area and patients have symptoms MD Now physicians can draw blood for Zika testing (to send to health department) and also draw blood and check for other mosquito-borne illness like West Nile, Dengue and Chikungunya.
While most mosquito bites are merely itchy and uncomfortable, others can have severe symptoms that may indicate a mosquito virus infection. These symptoms include:
- A bad rash
- Body aches
- Serious headaches
- Sensitivity to light
- Swollen glands
If you experience any of these serious symptoms, see your primary care physician immediately or visit an MD Now location right away for the mosquito bite remedy you need.
Itching for Mosquito Bite Relief?
To help reduce the risk of a mosquito virus outbreak, disaster funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be available if needed to help deal with the arrival of virus-carrying mosquitoes and provide mosquito bite treatment options.
Residents can help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne viruses and protect themselves by removing any standing water around their homes and cleaning their swimming pools now before the mass of mosquitoes arrives. Other ways that residents can avoid mosquito bites and infestations include:
- Wear long-sleeved tops and pants when outside for long periods of time.
- Apply a proven mosquito-repellent on any parts of your body exposed to the outdoors.
- Use mosquito-repelling candles that feature citronella to keep pests away.
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