What Diseases Can Mosquitoes Give You?

How likely is it to get a disease from a mosquito?

Anyone who is exposed to infected mosquitoes and is bitten is at risk of WNV. However, people over 50 years of age are at the greatest risk of developing severe WNV disease (called neuroinvasive disease).

Can mosquito bites make you ill?

Bites from mosquitoes carrying certain viruses or parasites can cause severe illness. Infected mosquitoes in many parts of the world transmit West Nile virus to humans. Other mosquito-borne infections include yellow fever, malaria and some types of brain infection (encephalitis).

Can you get an STD from mosquito?

Since mosquitoes can spread some diseases, such as malaria and yellow fever, it is tempting to think they can spread other blood-borne diseases like HIV and hepatitis. The diseases spread by mosquitoes are actually spread through the mosquito’s saliva. Hepatitis, however, is spread through infected blood.

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