It seems that there is cause for alarm when it comes to mosquito control because of a newly found virus transmitted by mosquitoes. The mosquito-borne virus “Chikungunya,” a debilitating virus with no cure, has had its first contiguous U.S. report. A person in North Carolina has been infected by chikungunya, and it’s got the Center for Disease Control (CDC) worried. Sources say that the patient was most likely infected by the virus while in the Caribbean; where a major outbreak of the virus took place this year. With more than 100,000 cases reported in the Caribbean, experts are starting to fear that the U.S. could see an epidemic very similar to the way West Nile Virus spread during the last decade.
In an article entitled “Mosquito-borne virus chikungunya worries CDC,” published by CNN, the author quotes Roger Nasci, chief of the CDC’s Arboviral Disease Branch in the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases as saying that “About 25 to 28 infected travelers bring it to the United States each year.”
Now, more than ever, is an especially important time to let AllGreen handle your lawn’s mosquito control. Aside from the already prevalent West Nile Virus and EEE, now we have the added concern of a new and exceptionally damaging mosquito-borne virus to contend with.
The virus can produce symptoms lasting weeks that are much like those associated with Dengue fever. Symptoms can include a high fever, a full body rash, arthritis in multiple joints, headache, nausea, conjunctivitis, vomiting, partial loss of taste, and slight photophobia. Swelling of the legs and retinal lesions have also been observed in infected patients.
While the virus doesn’t kill you, it can be extremely painful and last for much longer than similar mosquito-borne viruses. Let AllGreen provide you with mosquito control now to combat the potential health concerns that can come with being bitten by mosquitoes. In a world where new and dangerous viruses are being reported closer to home, professional mosquito control is more important than ever.
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