We all hate mosquitoes, If you live in certain parts of Jamaica, mosquito-borne diseases is a serious risk in your day to day life. Over the last few years, even diseases that used to be limited to foreign countries are now gaining ground in Jamaica. It's not an epidemic and there are medicines available in most cases, so there is no need for anyone to panic, like so many people do these days. Simply use common sense and use the correct techniques to stop mosquito infestation. Try to ensure you or your family is not at risk so you do not get any unnecessary diseases.
Here are just 2 of the more common diseases that Jamaicans should be aware of that can be caught from mosquitoes.
Dengue fever: An acute mosquito- borne viral illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with headache, fever, prostration, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands (lymphadenopathy) and rash The presence (the "dengue triad") of fever, rash, and headache (and other pains) is particularly characteristic of dengue. Dengue fever is endemic throughout the tropics and subtropics. It goes by other names including breakbone or dandy fever. Victims of dengue often have contortions due to the intense joint and muscle pain.
Info gathered from medterms.com
Malaria is a disease caused by a single-celled parasite called Plasmodium. The parasite reproduces and matures in stages inside humans, using different tissues to support its development. When an infected mosquito bites a human host, the parasite moves from the insect's saliva into the host's blood. Parasitic sporozoites head immediately to the liver, where they hide inside liver cells. There they reproduce and mature into merozoites, the form of the parasite that infects red blood cells or erythrocytes. The clinical symptoms of malaria—typically, chills and fever—occur as the merozoites burst from infected erythrocytes to reinfect other red blood cells and repeat the cycle. Attacks can last as long as 36 hours and may kill the patient. They can also cause cerebral malaria, particularly in children, resulting in convulsions, coma, and death.
info gathered from hhmi.org
Do Jamaicans take mosquitoes and the diseases they carry seriously?