7 Serious Illnesses You Can Get From Mosquito Bites

Although they are small, mosquitoes are one of the most dangerous animals in the world. Approximately one million people worldwide suffer from mosquito-borne illness every year. Mosquitoes carry feared diseases and parasites to humans, horses, and dogs. Approximately 3,000 species of mosquitoes exist, but the most dangerous types are Anopheles, Culex and Aedes. The following is a list of the top seven illnesses you can get from mosquitoes.

7. Chikungunya

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Chikungunya was discovered for the first time in 2013. Since then, over 60 countries have cited more than 1 million outbreaks due to mosquito bites, including, Asia, African and the Americas. Chikungunya symptoms include joint and muscle pain, high fever and headache. It is not usually deadly but the symptoms of joint pain may last for years, which can lead to chronic pain or a disability. There is no vaccine to prevent it, nor is there treatment.