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MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES

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Mosquito-borne diseases include diseases caused by viruses (also called arboviruses) and parasites which are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. The most commonly reported mosquito-borne illness in West Virginia is La Crosse encephalitis; however, travel-associated mosquito-borne diseases (such as dengue fever and malaria) are also reported in West Virginia residents each year. Mosquito-borne diseases are most common during the summer and fall months when mosquitoes are active. Prevention of mosquito-borne illness includes removing containers that collect water near homes (where mosquitoes lay eggs) and the regular use of mosquito repellants.

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