When mosquitoes bite a person or animal infected with a virus, like Zika, dengue, or St. Louis encephalitis, the skeeter can go on and transmit when they bite another person. That’s scary, considering that these are stealth little buggers that bite you on the sly. However, time for a deep breath.
"While these diseases are in the news, there’s relatively little risk to either people living in the U.S. or traveling abroad,” says Jared Aldstadt, PhD, a medical geographer and expert in the transmission of mosquito-borne illnesses at the University of Buffalo. That said, while the likelihood is low, the risk is real, so having these diseases on your radar is smart. Learn about 10 things that attract mosquitoes.
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