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Rising Mosquito Risk: How Climate Change and Other Factors are Spreading Disease in North Carolina

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 2, 2024
Raleigh is facing an expanding mosquito season, increasing health risks from disease transmission.

As the mosquito season continues to grow in North Carolina, there is a higher risk of disease transmission. According to Michael Reiskind, an entomology professor at North Carolina State University, the increase in mosquito activity is due to various factors such as climate change, land use change, and invasive species. This has resulted in a significantly different mosquito landscape compared to several decades ago.

Recent studies by Climate Central show that the Southeast region, including North Carolina, experiences the most annual mosquito days, accounting for nearly 60% of the year. The Raleigh area has seen an increase of 27 more days since 1979 with conditions favorable for mosquito activity, such as specific humidity levels and temperature ranges. The rise in mosquito presence poses a threat to public health as it can lead to the spread of diseases like West Nile and Zika.

In 2023, North Carolina reported almost 900 cases of illnesses transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes. To raise awareness about the risks of vector-borne diseases, the North Carolina Department of Health has launched a “Fight the Bite” campaign during Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month in April. The campaign aims to educate residents about preventive measures they can take to protect themselves from mosquito-borne illnesses.

Experts recommend taking steps to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, such as using insect repellent with DEET, wearing protective clothing, and installing or repairing window screens. Additionally, the “Tip and Toss” method can help eliminate mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from various sources at least once a week. It is advised to consult with healthcare professionals or local health departments before traveling to areas where exotic mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent to ensure proper precautions are taken.

The longer mosquito season due to climate change and other factors is leading to a higher risk of disease transmission in North Carolina. The state has experienced an increase in annual mosquito days compared to several decades ago, with Raleigh seeing an increase of 27 more days since 1979 with conditions favorable for mosquito activity. This poses a threat not only

By Samantha Nguyen

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