There are many ways to eliminate mosquito-borne illness risks.
The most crucial is to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes,
particularly in around your home.
If you live in, or will be traveling to,
an environment where there are a lot of mosquitoes,
protect yourself using the appropriate repellent for the area.
Click the images below for websites which provide information
on each topic to help prevent the spread of mosquito borne diseases!
The Zika Virus is transmitted through mosquito bites (from the Aedes, or Asian-Tiger, species). It can also be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her fetus and through sexual intercourse. Symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, headache, joint pain, red eyes, and muscle pain. Being infected with the Zika Virus is dangerous during pregnancy because it can cause birth defects, primarily in the brain (microcephaly), miscarriages, & stillbirths. According to the CDC, there have also been increased reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome (an illness which affects the nervous system) in areas with the Zika Virus.
The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has activated a Zika Information Line for providers and patients.
You can call 1-888-364-4723 during weekdays between 9am and 6pm.
Although the West Nile Virus can be spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, and during pregnancy/delivery/breastfeeding, the majority of people become infected with the virus through the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes get infected when they feed on infected birds; they can then spread West Nile to humans & animals.
Most people who are infected with the virus never have symptoms related (between 70 & 80%). In the people who do have symptoms, they experience fevers, headaches, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, &/or a rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.