Mosquito-Borne Illness Facts and Prevention

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Mosquito-borne diseases are those spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Diseases that are spread to people by mosquitoes include Zika Virus, West Nile, Chikungunya Virus and Dengue. The public’s role in eliminating potential breeding habitats for mosquitoes — such as getting rid of any standing water around the home — is a critical step in reducing the risk of mosquito-borne disease transmission. The public is also encouraged to make sure window screens and screen doors are in good repair. When venturing into areas with high mosquito populations, the public should wear personal protection such as long sleeve shirts and long pants, preferably treated with permethin. People should use mosquito repellents, such as Deet on exposed skin when necessary, and always follow label instructions. Additional information on the use of repellents can be found on the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station’s Fact Sheet.

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