Rare mosquito could threaten Hawaii with disease.
KITV 4 News reported that a rare mosquito capable of carrying and spreading diseases like dengue fever was recently found at the Honolulu International Airport on Oahu, Hawaii.
Dengue fever can cause "high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding (e.g., nose or gums bleed, easy bruising)," the CDC informed.
Since there's currently "no vaccine for preventing dengue," the only thing that you can do is "eliminate the places where the mosquito lays her eggs." Here's a few tips that could reduce the mosquito population:
Items that collect rainwater should be covered or properly discarded.
Watering containers and vases should be emptied and cleaned at least once a week, to reduce potential mosquito eggs and larvae.
Installing window or door screens reduces the risk of mosquitoes coming indoors.
Speak with a professional to safely treat your yard with no fumes or chemicals. Lawn insect repellant typically costs $30 for a 1-gallon jug.
I personally search through my luggage for species before I come back to Hawaii. In addition to mosquitos, people have found snakes, scorpions, centipedes, spiders and more in their luggage!
Image Credit: CDC
KITV.com | Rare mosquito could threaten Hawaii with disease | Paul Drewes | July 21, 2013
CDC.gov | Dengue Frequently Asked Questions | Retrieved July 22, 2013