Spray for mosquitoes
Spray for mosquitoes
As a resident and home owner in Charleston, Illinois, I struggle with heavy mosquito infestation. The city of Charleston has many low spots, a close by river, a lake, and many various bodies of water throughout the area. There are zero measures taken by the local government to help reduce the mosquito population. I personally have visited many homes in the town and know that the mosquito infestation is not specific to any one area in Charleston.
Common diseases spread by mosquitoes include
Chikungunya, a viral infection that causes symptoms such as fever and severe joint pain. The symptoms usually last about a week, but for some, the joint pain may last for months. Most cases of chikungunya in the United States are in people who traveled to other countries. There have been a few cases where it has spread in the United States.
Dengue, a viral infection that causes a high fever, headaches, joint and muscle pain, vomiting, and a rash. Most people get better within a few weeks. In some cases, it can become very severe, even life-threatening. Dengue is rare in the United States.
Malaria, a parasitic disease that causes serious symptoms such as high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. It can be life-threatening, but there are drugs to treat it. Malaria is a major health problem in many tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Almost all cases of malaria in the United States are in people who traveled to other countries.
West Nile Virus (WNV), a viral infection that often has no symptoms. In those that do have symptoms, they are usually mild, and include fever, headache, and nausea. In rare cases, the virus can enter the brain, and it can be life-threatening. WNV has spread across the continental United States.
Zika Virus, a viral infection that often does not cause symptoms. One in five infected people do get symptoms, which are usually mild. They include a fever, rash, joint pain, and pinkeye. Besides being spread by mosquitoes, Zika can spread from mother to baby during pregnancy and cause serious birth defects. It can also spread from one partner to another during sex. There have been a few outbreaks of Zika in the southern United States.
I hope with this petition the City Council will open their eyes to the issue and take measures to combat the problem. Frequent fogging and treating problem areas are well within their means and would help make our yards and community and much enjoyable place to be.