Anopheles Mosquito Facts
- Anopheles mosquitoes are often referred to as “malaria mosquitoes.”
- Anopheles mosquito eradication efforts limit malaria to endemic areas, such as tropical and sub-tropical climates, especially sub-Saharan Africa.
- Standing water is an ideal breeding ground for anopheles mosquitoes and other types of mosquitoes.
Anopheles Mosquito Bites & Treatment
As the main vectors for the malaria causing parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, and the heartworm species, Dirofilaria immitis, a correlation between brain tumor events and malaria suggests the anopheles may also transmit a virus or other agents that could cause brain tumors.
Malaria still kills 440,000 victims annually
Although malaria is an old disease that has claimed the lives of many people worldwide, the dreaded disease still kills 440,000 people annually, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Before the invention of air conditioning, malaria was a common cause of death in the southeastern coastal regions, New Orleans and Florida. In the mid-1940s, initiatives that sought to eliminate the Plasmodium falciparum parasite eradicated malaria in most parts of the world except sub-Saharan Africa. The CDC warns that vigilant monitoring is required to prevent the reintroduction of malaria outbreaks in eradicated countries.
Malaria can be treated with antibiotics but left untreated will destroy red blood cells and lead to death
Malaria, originating in the mid-1700s, from the Italian term “mal aria,” meaning bad air, is characterized by fever, chills, headaches and vomiting. Left untreated, malaria will eventually kill victims by infecting and destroying red blood cells. The destruction of red blood cells clogs vital capillaries that transport blood to the brain and other vital organs, causing the circulatory and cardiac systems to collapse.
To reduce your chances of contracting malaria from anopheles and other mosquitoes, eliminate standing water on your property, repair or replace all window and door screens and contact a trusted pest professional to treat your home and property for mosquitoes. Contact Truly Nolen and ask about our Four Seasons approach to pest control.