Is the spread of viruses from mosquitoes significant?

JEDilworth bactitech at nospamhortonsbay.com
Mon Jun 24 19:04:31 EST 2002


Here is the home page for the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases of the
CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in Atlanta. None of the diseases
listed is Hepatitis C or HIV. I would think that if this was a huge
threat, CDC would be concerned about it.

Mosquitoes are vectors of many diseases world-wide. This page is about


Malaria is just one parasitic disease carried by mosquitoes. 

I think there are a whole lot of other diseases to worry about with
mosquitoes than HIV and Hep C.

Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)

Trond Erik Vee Aune wrote:
> Dear all,
> I was just talking with someone about the threat of getting viruses from
> mosquito bites. Can for example HIV and hepatitis C be transfered from
> one person to another through such bites? Does any virus use this method
> of transfer as its main route? What is the main difference in viruses
> that are able to use mosquitoes as vectors compared to those that
> can't,are they more stable or just more efficient at infecting a new host?

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