Raleigh is facing an expanding mosquito season, increasing health risks from disease transmission.

The New Mosquito Landscape: Understanding the Rise of Vector-Borne Diseases in the Southeast

The Southeast region, including North Carolina, is experiencing an increase in mosquito activity due to various factors such as climate change, land use change, and invasive species. This has resulted in a significantly different mosquito landscape compared to several decades ago. Recent studies by Climate Central show that the Raleigh area has seen an increase of 27 more days since 1979 with conditions favorable for mosquito activity.

In 2023, North Carolina reported almost 900 cases of illnesses transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes. To raise awareness about the risks of vector-borne diseases, the North Carolina Department of Health has launched a “Fight the Bite” campaign during Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month in April. Experts recommend taking steps to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, such as using insect repellent with DEET, wearing protective clothing, and installing or repairing window screens. Additionally, the “Tip and Toss” method can help eliminate mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from various sources at least once a week. It is advised to consult with healthcare professionals or local health departments before traveling to areas where exotic mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent to ensure proper precautions are taken.

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