Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Directory
Besides itchy, red bumps, mosquitoes may leave more than just their bite. They spread illnesses like the West Nile virus, malaria, and the Zika virus. Symptoms range from mild, flu-like symptoms to life-threatening fevers. Mosquito-borne illnesses have links to birth defects like encephalitis and microcephaly. Common protections are repellents and nets. Another protective method against mosquitoes is eliminating standing water, a common breeding ground. Treatments include vaccines, viral medicines, and more. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about mosquito-borne illnesses, treatments, how they spread, and much more.
Mosquito Bite Illnesses
Along with causing that itchy red bump, a mosquito bite can spread diseases, including West Nile, Zika, chikungunya, encephalitis, dengue, yellow fever, and malaria.
What do you do when a mosquito bites? WebMD tells you how to relieve the itch.
Rid Your Yard of Hidden Mosquitoes
Help rid your yard of mosquitoes by learning where they can hide and breed.
What Is Microcephaly?
Microcephaly means "small head." It happens when a baby's brain stops growing or developing. Gene problems may be to blame, but alcohol, drugs, and infections can also be a cause.
Are You a Mosquito Magnet?
Experts try to crack the code behind why mosquitoes like some people more than others. Plus, tips on keeping mosquitoes at bay and the best mosquito repellents.
Mosquito Repellents: What Works
From zappers to catchers to candles to sprays, mosquito repellents come in many forms. But which ones work? We'll tell you.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance. WebMD explains the latest on the dangerous diseases they can carry, from Chikungunya to Zika.
Slideshow: Mosquito Repellents -- What Works?
Mosquito bites are itchy, annoying, and can even make you sick. Find out what works (and what doesn't) to protect you from these blood-sucking bugs.