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Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Mosquito-borne illness is a significant public health concern, both to the Department of Defense (DoD) and to the broader national and international public health community. Here, we provide a collection of resources to assist in education and risk communication for partners and stakeholders on issues relating to mosquito control and prevention, as well as the prevention of mosquito-borne infectious disease.

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Adult mosquitoes don't usually survive the high winds of a hurricane, but flood waters after the storm will result in large populations of floodwater mosquitoes. These "nuisance" mosquitoes don't typically spread viruses that can make you sick. However, the types of mosquitoes that can spread viruses may increase anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months after a hurricane, especially in areas that didn't flood but received more rainfall than usual. >>Learn More about Mosquitoes & Hurricanes

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Summer Safety 2018 Mosquito Safety

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6/20/2018
This infographic provides information on ways to protect yourself from harmful mosquito bites.

This infographic provides information on ways to protect yourself from harmful mosquito bites.

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Rift Valley Fever Virus Ecology

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12/5/2016
This infographic describes Rift Valley Fever (RVF) virus ecology and how RVF infects livestock and humans.   •	First the enzootic cycle begins. It is maintained via transfer from parent mosquito to offspring. This is a local, low-level transfer of disease to livestock and happens during periods of average rainfall. •	Next, high rainfall and flooding enable Aedes mosquito breeding environments to flourish. This is followed by epizootic outbreaks, which cause abortion storms in animals, with > 90% mortality in newborns and 10-20% mortality in adults. Secondary vectors, including other mosquito genera such as Culex, can pass on the virus to humans and animals.  Spillover to humans includes exposure to blood and tissue of infected livestock and occurs during slaughter or birthing activities. Humans can also be infected with RVF via bites of infected mosquitos.

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Stay Healthy on the Road to Rio

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7/26/2016
Infographic about preventing mosquito-borne illnesses when traveling to the Olympics.

This infographic from the CDC offers tips for travelers heading to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Chikungunya Infection Among MHS Beneficiaries in the Western Hemisphere

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6/22/2016
the Disease Reporting System Internet (DRSi). It also describes signs and symptoms of Chikungunya infection.  As of February 2015 there have been 121 Chikungunya (CHIK) cases among DoD healthcare beneficiaries reported through the DRSI. Chikungunya fever is caused by infection with the CHIKV an alphavirus of the Togavirdae family. All DoD Cases were contracted OCONUS.  Just the facts  •	Since 2013, 46 countries or territories in the Americas have reported 2,006,363 chikungunya cases. •	The CDC has not reported new imported CHIKV cases in the United States since January 12, 2016. •	The virus is commonly transmitted to people via the bite of an infected mosquito of the genus Aedes (A. Aegypti or A. albopictus). •	Long lasting immunity seems to result after recovery from the infection but there is no vaccine available to prevent illness due to CHIKV infection.  For more information on Chikungunya guidance on detecting and reporting DoD cases, visit Health.mil/AFHSB.

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Zika Virus and Sexual Transmission

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6/21/2016
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Zika virus can be spread by a man with Zika to his sex partners. This infographic provides tips for avoiding sexual transmission of the Zika virus.

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Zika Virus and Pregnancy

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6/21/2016
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Zika can cause certain birth defects. This infographic offers information to pregnant women about how to protect themselves from the Zika virus.

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Planning a trip?

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6/17/2016
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Do your homework to protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses

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Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Viruses Like Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya

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6/17/2016
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Mosquito-borne illnesses are a major public health concern. Follow these tips to help control mosquitoes around your home and in your community.

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