Happy World Mosquito Day!

by Leigh Ann Otte

Did you get a chance to celebrate World Mosquito Day on Saturday? We certainly hope so.

In case you’ve been living under a rock (ahem), World Mosquito Day started August 20, 1897, when British doctor Sir Ronald Ross made the link that female mosquitoes transmitted malaria, according to the United Kingdom government organization Department for International Development.

We don’t have malaria in the United States, but we do have West Nile virus—1,021 cases of it last year, to be exact. Symptoms can remind you of the flu. Find out more in this week’s featured article, “Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.”

One way to prevent it? Regularly empty any standing water around your house, where mosquitoes love to lay eggs. The CDC even recommends poking holes in tire swings so they can drain.

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a professional writer. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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