This year, 2015, from 19 to 25 of April, we mark Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week, which is important because not only West Nile Virus is one of the most common illnesses carried by mosquitoes, it has also become a serious issue in many places, because with drastic climate changes the climate becomes friendlier to mosquitoes meaning more of them, and more and more of infected people by them.
This awareness week first emerged from California State Legislature that each year declares a week in April as West Nile Virus and Mosquito Awareness Week, starting from 2007 when The Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California announced first of these annual Awareness days. Previously known as the Mosquito Abolishing Act this week happens to raise awareness about the ever growing mosquito and other vector problem as well as the West Nile virus, which is pretty hard to spot, because less than one percent of all people who have been infected will show severe symptoms, but untreated West Nile Virus can lead to serious long term complications such as paralysis.
In my opinion, this kind of Awareness Week is an amazing opportunity to educate people on all things mosquitoes, which includes how to combat them and avoid them, what to do if they have bitten you and also what can be the consequences of mosquito bites a.k.a. what are the illnesses mosquitoes carry and you can get infected with from them. On some of these subjects we have already educated you on our previous posts, so make sure you check out our InsectCop advice section to find out more about different aspects of mosquitoes as well as stay tuned to a couple of articles directly dedicated to West Nile Virus and How to make sure your surroundings are as mosquito free as they can be to avoid getting bitten and having to worry about getting infected.
Make sure you stay safe from mosquitoes or at least reduce the number of them that bites you, in order to not only avoid different illnesses or viruses, but to simply avoid all the itching, scratching and annoyance that mosquitoes can cause.