Over 1 million people die from mosquito-borne diseases every year, and hundreds of millions more experience pain and suffering from illnesses transmitted by mosquitoes. The Aedes mosquitoes, primarily Aedes aegypti (the Yellow Fever mosquito) and to a lesser extent Aedes albopictus (the Asian Tiger Mosquito), are responsible for transmitting several of the most debilitating mosquito-borne viruses. These include dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.
Dengue fever infects nearly 400 million people each year, causing an estimated 25,000 deaths and an enormous economic cost in affected countries which rivals that of malaria. Zika is an emerging threat which has spread rapidly throughout the Americas and beyond since 2015, causing birth defects in children of infected mothers. Chikungunya and yellow fever are both painful and debilitating diseases which can prove fatal and have both experienced epidemics in recent years.
The best way to combat all four of these viruses and the diseases and conditions they cause is to control the primary mosquito that transmits them, Aedes aegypti. Read more about these mosquito-borne diseases in the following pages.