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Mosquito Born Illnesses 101

Thinking about travelling? Learn about some of the most common mosquito spread diseases. 

No matter where you are in the world, there’s bound to be something trying to kill you.

What’s small, sneaky, and wreaks havoc on any camping trip? If you guessed mosquitoes, you’re right. While most insect bites are harmless aside from an itchy bump, some could cause quite a bit of damage. Depending on what part of the world you’re in, mosquitoes have the potential to infect you with a variety of dangerous, and sometimes deadly, diseases. If you plan on travelling, whether within the United States or abroad, make sure to know the tell tale signs of some of the more common mosquito-borne illnesses.

West Nile Virus

The West Nile Virus (WNV) is a disease spread to humans via a mosquito bite. Cases have appeared in regions all over the globe, including North America. While most infected people fail to show any symptoms, WNV could still be extremely dangerous to some. According to the CDC, under 1% of people infected with WNV have developed neurological, and even fatal, complications after contracting the virus. In order to protect yourself from WNV, even when hanging out in your backyard, BB’s All Natural recommends our own essential oil insect repellent.

Zika

By now, you’ve probably heard your fair share about the Zika virus. With cases popping up left and right, it’s natural to feel somewhat worried about travelling either to the south or abroad. Zika, like West Nile Virus, is oftentimes a silent illness and symptoms don’t always appear. For those that do begin to show signs of Zika, some of the most common symptoms include fever, a rash, joint pain, and red eyes. The symptoms aren’t usually severe enough to require hospitalization, therefore making Zika virus fairly nonthreatening to the general public. However, Zika is dangerous for the development of a fetus and can lead to birth defects. Therefore, the CDC recommends that women who are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, stay clear of these areas.

La Crosse encephalitis virus

La Crosse encephalitis virus (LACV) is a disease spread via an infected mosquito bite. Cases in the United States have popped up in areas including the upper Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic region, and the southeast. Luckily, a good amount of bites don’t lead to symptom development but that doesn’t mean LACV isn’t dangerous. Those who develop symptoms might experience nausea, fever, headaches, and vomiting. A more severe form of the disease may develop into encephalitis (brain inflammation) which can involve seizures, coma, and even paralysis. Because there isn’t a vaccination or specific treatment for LACV, it’s important to protect yourself before mosquitoes can come close.

Though most of the diseases mentioned are oftentimes asymptomatic, they can wreak havoc on those unfortunate enough to develop symptoms. BB’s All Natural has curated the perfect essential oil insect repellent that’s both effective at repelling bugs and environmentally friendly. We sell our Flyaway Spray in both a travel size bottle, in case you plan on travelling abroad, or in an 8oz spray bottle to keep in your home. No matter what your travel plans may be, stay protected from the dangers that mosquitoes may pose.