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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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Collecting vector samples allows for PHC-P scientists to analyze areas of interest for potential vector-borne diseases that could impact the health of the force.

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The Deadliest Animal In the World

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Fact Sheet: Malaria

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7/16/2019

This fact sheet, from the Armed Services Blood Program, describes how Malaria is transmitted, its signs and symptoms, and how to prevent getting the disease.

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Fact Sheet: West Nile

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This fact sheet, from the Armed Services Blood Program, describes how West Nile is transmitted, its signs and symptoms, and how to prevent getting the disease.

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Fact Sheet: Dengue

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Mosquitoes 2018

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MHS observes Bug Week! Learn more about how to stay safe from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry by watching this video.

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Rift Valley Fever Virus Ecology

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This infographic describes Rift Valley Fever (RVF) virus ecology and how RVF infects livestock and humans.

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Mosquito Control & Bite Prevention: Educational Flipbook

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9/23/2016

Mosquitoes can spread viruses like Zika, chikungunya, and dengue.This flipbook gives basic information about mosquito control activities and how to protect from mosquito bites. Mosquito control approaches that incorporate community education, and mosquito surveillance and control are often called “integrated vector control.” A vector is an insect, like a mosquito, that can spread viruses.

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West Nile Virus Fact Sheet

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This CDC fact sheet discusses the West Nile Virus including symptoms, transmission and prevention.

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Interim Guidance for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus

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Zika: Protecting Children from Mosquito Bites at Camp

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This CDC fact sheet targeted to parents, provides tips to keep their children healthy while at camp.

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Zika: Protecting Camp Staff and Staffers

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Chikungunya Infection Among MHS Beneficiaries in the Western Hemisphere

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

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