Steer clear of mosquitos
It's called Dengue Fever, and it's why you should avoid any and all contact with mosquitos.
We all hate mosquitos because their itchy bites are entirely annoying, but this infectious disease they now carry provides utmost reason to avoid them at all costs.
A man in New York has been diagnosed with dengue fever, which comes from the bite of a local mosquito. Along with his case, 20 have occurred in Florida, three in Texas, and a whopping 7,221 in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Kay Tomashek, chief of epidemiology for the CDC in San Juan, Puerto Rico, said that this relatively rare disease is slowly becoming more and more prevalent throughout the entire Western Hemisphere.
"Dengue has increasingly become a public health problem," she said. "There's a paper from 2012 showing that in the last three decades, there's been an exponential increase in dengue cases and dengue severity."
Dengue is most commonly known for being a traveler's disease. Mosquitos transmit a virus into your blood with one bite, and in one week, that virus can be transmitted via the mosquito to everyone in your household if the infected bug is trapped indoors.
"We haven't been effective at reducing the population or spread of Aedes aegypti," said Tomashek, using the name of the particular type of mosquito, also commonly known as an "Asian tiger mosquito." She went on to say, "We are all in search of a more effective, more sustainable vector control method. We don't have one now, and no country does."
Most people who are infected with the virus are fully recovered in a week or so, but some experience a far more serious, deadly phase of illness after the initial fever breaks. The hemorrhagic fever can lead to dengue shock syndrome, which transpires into vomiting, abdominal pain, and weakness so severe, that many end up having to be rushed to the emergency room.
So, until further notice, stay away from those pesky mosquitos!