Experts: Mosquitoes Spreading Serious Illnesses

Experts: Mosquitoes Spreading Serious Illnesses Click to Enlarge Photo: Pixabay

(KNSI) – If you think the mosquitoes are irritating now, just wait.

Experts say July through September is the prime season for the insects to spread diseases that can in rare instances be fatal.

University of Minnesota School of Public Assistant Professor Jon Oliver talked about which illnesses scare him.

“The two mosquitoes borne disease of most concern are West Nile Virus and La Crosse encephalitis, in recent years there’s been a little bit of an uptake, several dozen cases per year.”

He talked about why that’s alarming.

“Both of these disease can be fatal, they are usually only fatal if they infect the brain membrane tissue and cause encephalitis.”

Encephalitis is the swelling or inflammation of the brain.

However, only about one in five people who are infected develop a clinical illness and a small fraction of those patients may develop a severe illness.

Oliver says the best way to prevent yourself from getting sick is to not get bit.

He recommends wearing insect repellent with DEET or clothing pretreated with permethrin.

He also says to try and dump anything around your yard that holds water because that’s where mosquitoes like to breed.

Oliver says this spring saw a lot of rain but cooler temperatures.

He says that’s slowed the mosquitoes development and he expects the population to increase around the 4th of July if temperatures warm up.