Mosquito-borne diseases are those spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and include Zika, Chikungunya, West Nile, Malaria, Dengue, Yellow Fever, and St. Louis Encephalitis.
Did you know that out of the 85 species of mosquitos in Texas, there are 26 in McLennan County with 3 of them carrying diseases? McLennan County has not had any cases of Zika although there have been cases of West Nile and travel related cases of Chikungunya, Dengue, and Malaria over the past year.
Not all mosquitoes are the same. Different mosquitos spread different viruses and bite at different times of the day.
• The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species that spread Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue, and Yellow Fever bite primarily during the daytime but can also bite at night.
• The Culex species that spreads West Nile bite between the evening and morning hours.
• The Anopheles species that spread Malaria bite at dusk and dawn but some may bite at night.
Enjoy the outdoors, but remember to protect yourself, your family, and your pets from mosquito-borne diseases. Your best defense against being bitten is simply to be prepared by taking the following precautions:
For more information, visit the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District at (www.wacomclennanphd.org) and the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes.