Alternative EarthCare Discusses 4 Mosquito-Borne Illnesses That Have Spread On Long Island

Friday, September 16, 2016 Tropical Disease News
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LONG ISLAND, N.Y., Sept. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Alternative EarthCare has been providing quality residential and commercial services across Long

Island, New York since 1996. Specializing in mosquito, flea, and east end tick control, traditional lawn services (including aeration and seeding), irrigation system services, tree removal and pruning, and Christmas
and holiday light installation, the team of professionals successfully caters to your needs in the least toxic, most organic way possible.

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Long Island is no stranger to mosquito-borne diseases. The area has been impacted by dengue, chikungunya, various strains of encephalitis and most recently, the Zika virus. Long Island residents must take precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones from harmful, and potentially fatal diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. All properties should be sprayed to minimize populations. Alternative EarthCare discusses four mosquito-borne illnesses that have spread on Long Island.

1.    Dengue First contracted locally in the Town of Babylon on Long Island in 2013, dengue fever is potentially fatal. Symptoms range from high fever, severe headaches, and joint pain, to low white blood cell counts and internal bleeding.

2.    Chikungunya In 2014, Chikungunya surfaced in Nassau County. A slightly warmer environment is being looked at as a possible enabler in sustaining populations of mosquitoes carrying the disease. Chikungunya can cause symptoms such as fever, muscle and joint pain, severe headaches and rashes. While chikungunya is rarely fatal, it can cause long-term joint problems and can even lead to disabling conditions.

3.    Strains of encephalitis Four different strains of encephalitis are caused by mosquito bites, eastern equine encephalitis, LaCrosse encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, and West Nile encephalitis. Symptoms can include nausea and vomiting, headaches, fever, lethargy, tremors, joint pain and other flu-like symptoms but can also be much more severe. In some cases, usually in cases of very young, elderly or those with compromised immune systems, the illness can lead to permanent neurologic damage, coma, or even death.

4.    Zika The Zika virus is the most recent mosquito-transmitted disease to make headlines in New York. Two types of Aedes mosquito, the Aedes albopictus, also known as the Asian Tiger mosquito, and the Aedes aegypti, spread this dangerous disease. Though Zika symptoms are often mild, flu-like symptoms, this illness is made more serious by the fact that it can also be transmitted through sexual intercourse, making it even easier for the disease to spread. The biggest concern with Zika is the potential for the virus to cause microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in the babies of women that were bitten while pregnant.

Serving both Suffolk and Nassau County, including the East End and the Hamptons, Alternative EarthCare offers a variety of organic, non-toxic lawn care services for your home or business. In addition to beautifying and maintaining properties, the award-winning staff is also dedicated to the safety and health of their customers.

Media Contact: Scott Darrohn, fishbat, 855-347-4228,

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