Hudson Valley residents may be in danger of coming into contact with mosquitoes potentially spreading deadly diseases, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Citing climate changes, the CDC has reported that mosquitos carrying diseases such as Zika, dengue and yellow fever may invade as much as 75 percent of America.
According to the CDC, “climate change threatens human health and well-being in many ways, including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, and diseases carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks.”
“Climate is one of the factors that influence the distribution of diseases borne by vectors, such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, which spread pathogens that cause illness. The geographic and seasonal distribution of vector populations, and the diseases they can carry, depend not only on climate but also on land use, socioeconomic and cultural factors, pest control, access to health care, and human responses to disease risk, among other factors.”
Due to the rise in temperatures around the globe, the mosquitos have been able to spread more rapidly, with the CDC noting that if there is even one day in the winter where the temperature exceeds 50 degrees, the chances for mosquitos to survive increases.
The CDC has issued common sense tips to Americans about how to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes potentially carrying one of those deadly diseases, including wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, staying in places with air conditioning and using window and door screens.
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