Rare mosquito could threaten Hawaii with disease.mosquito-01

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.[1]

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),"[2] the CDC informed.

Since there's currently "no vaccine for preventing dengue,"[2] the only thing that you can do is "eliminate the places where the mosquito lays her eggs."[2] 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

Sources:

  1. KITV.com | Rare mosquito could threaten Hawaii with disease | Paul Drewes | July 21, 2013

  2. CDC.gov | Dengue Frequently Asked Questions | Retrieved July 22, 2013

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