If you felt something odd brush against your leg what would your first reaction be? Ignore it or smack it? Sometimes your first reaction is to smack it, but that might not be the best reaction. Identifying the culprit could be a good first step. If you identify it as a mosquito, I would smack it. I’m not a big fan of mosquitoes they make me itch and can carry diseases, such as West Nile in this area and other dangerous diseases throughout the world.
In our class we are doing an activity where we sit out in nature for long periods of time taking notes on what we see, hear, touch, and smell, we call this the sit spot. At the sit spot there are many things that we encounter and one of them is the pesky mosquito. It seems no matter where you are, whether you’re in the sun or in the woods there will most likely be a mosquito hanging around you and that is not necessarily a good thing. Mosquitoes are an insect that can do great harm by the diseases they can carry. Mosquitoes not only effect humans, but also other animals such as cats, horses’ and dogs just to name a few. They carry a total of 10 different diseases, which include Malaria, Chikungunya, Dog Heart worm, Dengue, Yellow Fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, LaCrosse Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, and the West Nile virus.
Based on my research accessing the world health organization’s (WHO) information an estimated 584,000 people die from malaria per year and based on the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) one child dies from malaria every 40 seconds. If your affected by Chikungunya the symptoms would be joint pain, and since there is no vaccine they only thing you can do is take pain medicine. For Yellow Fever out of the 200,000 cases 30,000 people die in 33 countries each year. These are just a few examples of the negative effects from when those pesky mosquitoes bite you.