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Raising awareness of mosquito-borne diseases during Mosquito Week

Over at Mashable, Bill Gates (yep, that Bill Gates) wrote a post about the importance of recognizing the health risks posed by mosquitoes. These bugs might only be a summertime nuisance for a lot of us, but Gates writes that among the poor, mosquitoes can be deadly. They carry malaria, which kills more than 600,000 people a year, and other diseases, like dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. To raise awareness about mosquito-borne diseases, Gates is taking a page from Shark Week and holding Mosquito Week at his blog, GatesNotes, all this week.

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Pets can be infected with West Nile Virus, too

Humans aren’t the only ones susceptible to West Nile Virus (WNV) — our pets can become infected, too. There’s no vaccine for WNV in pets, but the good news is that infections in dogs and cats are rare and usually not fatal. Also, pets can’t transmit WNV to humans. The only way WNV can be transmitted to humans and pets is through a bite from an infected mosquito.

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New study shows rise in cases of Eastern equine encephalitis among people in Mass.

After many years with no human cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Massachusetts, a new study done in the state shows that cases have risen in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EEE is extremely rare in humans and is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. After experiencing flu-like symptoms, the affected person is likely to slip into a coma or have a seizure; many people who survive EEE suffer brain damage as a result.

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