Mosquitos are responsible for more human fatalities worldwide than any other insect. Mosquitoes may carry malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and encephalitis diseases. Because they feed on a variety of animals, they provide a pathway for the transmission of disease agents such as viruses between species. Of special concern is the transmission of pathogens to the human population. If not controlled, mosquito populations can quickly acquire disease from infected animals and therefore increase human risk of contracting the disease. North Carolina is most at risk for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), LaCrosse encephalitis (LAC) and West Nile Virus (WNV).
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