What causes La Crosse Encephalitis?
The disease is caused by a virus (La Crosse virus) that is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito.
What is Encephalitis?
Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain (encephalon = brain).
Additional information about La Crosse Encephalitis (including maps and mosquito fact sheets) may be found here. (NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health)
What can I do to prevent La Crosse Encephalitis?
- Use an approved repellent according to the directions on the label
- Avoid peak biting hours (approximately 2 hours before and after dusk and dawn)
- Wear protective clothing
- Reduce “breeding” sites around your house
- Repair screen windows and doors
More information about prevention may be found here. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Where can I find more information about La Crosse Encephalitis?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains the following webpage dedicated to La Crosse Encephalitis: http://www.cdc.gov/lac/
Can mosquitoes transmit HIV (the virus that causes AIDS)?
No. Click here for more information.