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Which diseases are spread by mosquitoes?

There are multiple diseases spread by mosquitoes. Some of the more well-known diseases are malaria, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever and West Nile virus. Others include Eastern equine encephalitis, Japanese encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis and Rift Valley Fever.
Mosquitoes are one of summer's biggest annoyances, but their impact may be even more significant than an itchy bite because these pests sometimes carry serious diseases.
 
The most common mosquito-borne illnesses in the United States include Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), La Crosse encephalitis virus (LACV), Saint Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) and the West Nile virus. (Many Americans associate malaria with mosquitoes, but the disease doesn't make a significant impact on the U.S. population.)

In general, encephalitis is a viral infection characterized by brain inflammation. Transmission through mosquitoes is just one way the virus is spread.

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