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Mosquito bites bring risk of viruses – Entertainment & Life – GoErie.com

Mosquito bites bring risk of viruses – Entertainment & Life – GoErie.com

Pennsylvania is among the states that monitor for viruses including West Nile and Zika.

Mosquitoes are  nasty, often unseen harbingers of itchiness and discomfort. Not until you start to swell and scratch, do you realize you unwillingly donated your blood. And for some, that donation can be accompanied by sickness, illness and disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the rate of vector-borne diseases — those spread by ticks, fleas and mosquitoes — tripled in the United States from 2004 to 2016. The number of reported cases grew from about 27,000 to more than 97,000. The CDC also reports nine new diseases identified in this same time period. Some scientists have blamed climate change, and the warming of the planet, on this phenomenon.

You really can’t pick up a newspaper or turn on the news without hearing about West Nile virus. While the virus is being found almost daily in birds, the first case of a human infection in Pennsylvania this year was just recently. The virus is being hunted for regularly.