We recently discussed how bed bugs made numerous headlines in 2012, but they are not the only pest who caught attention of the media in the past year (and not in a good way). Mosquitoes and mice both presented a major threat in 2012 because of the serious diseases they carry and unfortunately, there were many who suffered last year as a result of high numbers of these pests.
First we will start with the major outbreak of West Nile Virus caused by the strikingly high number of mosquitoes. Some attributed the masses of mosquitoes to a more mild winter, others to a wet spring. Whatever the case, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), the CDC counted 5,387 cases of West Nile Virus which was the second worst year for this disease in the history of the US.
If you have been reading our previous blogs you will understand just how dangerous mice can be. One of the many diseases that mice carry is Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a respiratory disease that can be fatal to some. A trip to Yosemite National Park turned out to be a disaster when 10 people were infected and 3 died from Hantavirus.
To learn more about the NPMA naming 2012 the year of infectious diseases, click here.
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