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Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Australia

Mosquitoes are considered the deadliest animal in the world. How do these tiny insects get this huge reputation? It is through the diseases they carry. In Australia, the main diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are Australian Encephalitis, Barmah Forest, Dengue Fever, and Ross River Virus. Want to learn more about these diseases? MosQuit has investigated the symptoms and treatments.

How Do Mosquitoes Transmit Disease

When female mosquitoes feed on blood, they also swallow any viruses or parasites living in the blood. These viruses and parasites are transferred through saliva to the next person the mosquito bites. Any disease that is spread in this way from mosquito to human (or animal) is known as a 'mosquito-borne disease'.

While the mosquito may not be affected, these mosquito-borne diseases can cause immense suffering for humans. Nearly 700 million people worldwide contract mosquito-borne illnesses each year, causing more than one million deaths.