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MOSQUITO IN VA

 

The most common mosquito-borne diseases found in Virginia include West Nile virus (WNV), Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE), La Crosse encephalitis (LAC), and St. Louis encephalitis (SLE).  In an effort to protect public health, several Virginia localities track adult mosquito populations and test mosquitoes for the presence of mosquito-borne disease.  For more information on what your locality may be doing, check here to see if a mosquito program exists and to obtain appropriate contact information.

To view the history of reported mosquito-borne disease in Virginia, please visit the Virginia Department of Health's Arbovirus Data webpage.

It is not uncommon for Virginia to report a few imported cases of a mosquito-borne disease each year.  Diseases may include malaria, dengue, or chikungunya.  These cases usually occur in people who have traveled to tropical or sub-tropical areas of the world.  

Dog heartworm is another common mosquito-borne disease and medication should be used to protect your dog.  Be sure to consult your veterinarian for the best preventative measure against this disease.  Learn more about dog heartworm.

Additional information about mosquito transmitted diseases can be found by visiting the following websites:

Virginia Department of Health
VDH Website, Vector-borne Disease Control

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Mosquito-Borne Diseases Website


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