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Fight the Bite: North Carolina’s Battle Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases and How to Protect Yourself

BySamantha Nguyen

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

North Carolina is experiencing a surge in mosquito activity, putting the public at risk of vector-borne diseases. The longer mosquito season is due to factors such as climate change, land use change, and invasive species. Recent studies show that the Southeast region, including North Carolina, has more annual mosquito days than other regions in the country. The Raleigh area has seen an increase of 27 days since 1979 due to favorable conditions for mosquito breeding.

In 2023, almost 900 cases of illnesses transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes were reported in North Carolina. To raise awareness about these risks, 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 about preventive measures they can take to protect themselves from mosquito-borne illnesses.

Experts recommend taking precautions 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 standing water sources that breed mosquitoes by emptying them at least once a week. It’s also important 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 presence poses a significant threat to public health as it increases the risk of spreading vector-borne diseases like West Nile and Zika virus. However, with proper awareness and preventive measures taken, we can minimize these risks and enjoy outdoor activities without fear of falling ill from mosquito bites.

Michael Reiskind, an entomology professor at North Carolina State University explains that the longer mosquito season is due to various factors such as climate change, land use change and invasive species. This has resulted in a significantly different mosquito landscape compared to several decades ago.

Recent studies by Climate Central show that the Southeast region experiences the most annual mosquito days out of any other region in the country. Specifically humidity levels and temperature ranges have made it easier for mosquitoes to thrive in this area.

The Raleigh area has seen an increase of 27 more days since 1979 with conditions favorable for mosquito activity.

This increase in

By Samantha Nguyen

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