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Mosquito activity on the rise in North Carolina: The increasing risk of vector-borne diseases

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
Raleigh is facing an expanding mosquito season, increasing health risks from disease transmission.

Mosquito activity in North Carolina is on the rise, leading to a higher risk of diseases they can transmit. According to Michael Reiskind, an entomology professor at North Carolina State University, this is due to various factors such as climate change, land use change, and invasive species. The mosquito season has become longer, resulting in a significantly different mosquito landscape compared to several decades ago.

Recent studies by Climate Central show that the Southeast region, including North Carolina, experiences the most annual mosquito days, accounting for nearly 60% of the year. The Raleigh area has seen an increase of 27 more days since 1979 with conditions favorable for mosquito activity. This increase in mosquito presence raises concerns about the spread of diseases like West Nile and Zika, posing a threat to public health.

In 2023, North Carolina reported almost 900 cases of illnesses transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes. To raise awareness about the risks of vector-borne diseases, the North Carolina Department of Health has launched a “Fight the Bite” campaign during Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month in April. The campaign aims to educate residents about preventive measures they can take to protect themselves from mosquito-borne illnesses.

Experts recommend taking steps to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, such as using insect repellent with DEET, wearing protective clothing, and installing or repairing window screens. Additionally, the “Tip and Toss” method can help eliminate mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from various sources at least once a week. It is advised to consult with healthcare professionals or local health departments before traveling to areas where exotic mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent to ensure proper precautions are taken.

The increase in mosquito activity is not only affecting North Carolina but also other parts of the world due to global warming and deforestation. As temperatures continue to rise and habitats are destroyed, it is important for individuals and governments alike to take action to prevent further increases in mosquito populations and protect public health from vector-borne diseases like West Nile virus (WNV) and Zika virus (ZV).

By Samantha Jones

As a dedicated content writer at newszxcv.com, I bring a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail to every piece I create. With a background in journalism and a love for crafting engaging narratives, I strive to deliver informative and captivating content that resonates with our readers. Whether I'm covering breaking news or delving into in-depth features, my goal is to inform, entertain, and inspire through the power of words. Join me on this journey as we explore the ever-evolving world of news together.

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