April 14, 2024 1:34 pm
Raleigh is facing an expanding mosquito season, increasing health risks from disease transmission.

North Carolina is experiencing an increase in mosquito activity, which puts the public at risk of contracting diseases they can transmit. This has been due to various factors such as climate change, land use changes, and invasive species that have altered the mosquito landscape significantly compared to decades ago. Recent studies by Climate Central show that the Southeast region, including North Carolina, experiences the most annual mosquito days out of any other region in the United States.

The Raleigh area has seen an increase of 27 more mosquito-friendly days since 1979. This rise in mosquito presence raises concerns about the spread of diseases like West Nile and Zika, which pose 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 launched a “Fight the Bite” campaign during Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month in April. The campaign aims to educate residents on preventive measures they can take to protect themselves from mosquito-borne illnesses such as using insect repellent with DEET, wearing protective clothing, and installing or repairing window screens. Additionally, experts recommend taking steps to eliminate standing water sources that can breed mosquitoes through what’s known as the “Tip and Toss” method by emptying them at least once a week.

Travelers should also be advised to consult with healthcare professionals or local health departments before visiting areas where exotic mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent to ensure proper precautions are taken.

Overall, it’s essential for individuals to take preventive measures against mosquito-borne diseases since their activity is increasing year after year.

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