Mosquitoes are vectors of disease, meaning they have the ability to pick up, carry and transmit the agents that cause a specific disease. Many agents are viruses, including those responsible for West Nile disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.
Experts, including those at the Centers for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, indicate the chance that any one person is going to become ill from a single mosquito bite is very low.
Animals also are affected by mosquito-borne disease.
For more information about mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the Department of Health's Environmental Health website by clicking here.