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Did you know that mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world? Millions of people each year are infected with viruses and parasites after being bitten by a mosquito.
CDC and partners are collaborating to promote World Mosquito Day—with the theme “Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites”—to raise awareness among the public and healthcare providers about mosquito-borne diseases. Some mosquito-borne diseases can cause serious infections in people in the U.S. and around the world, and often go undiagnosed because their symptoms are similar to other diseases. Increased awareness about viruses or parasites spread by mosquitoes is an important step to educating people about why they should protect themselves.
Mosquitoes in the United States spread West Nile virus and other viruses. There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes around the world, many can spread viruses or parasites. Travelers can get infected with one of many diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. CDC encourages people to protect themselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing.
Join us in increasing awareness in your community about viruses and parasites spread by mosquitoes. Protecting yourself from mosquito bites will keep you healthy!
World Mosquito Day is an annual public health awareness day supported by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC is dedicated to preventing mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus, malaria, dengue, and Zika. CDC works with domestic and international partners to prevent mosquito-borne infections, respond to outbreaks, and address public health problems related to infections. During this day, CDC and partners aim to raise awareness among the public and healthcare providers about mosquito-borne diseases.