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<< Emergency Department Management Of Mosquito-Borne Illness: Malaria, Dengue, And West Nile Virus

Introduction

Mosquito-borne illnesses represent an enormous burden of disease on a global level and have been a menacing threat to mankind since early civilization. Annually, nearly 700 million people are afflicted with diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. Although the majority of these cases are found outside the United States, there are more than 20 million inhabitants of the United States who travel annually to regions of the world where mosquito-borne illnesses are endemic.1,2 Furthermore, the number of western travelers to tropical regions of the globe where mosquito-borne diseases are common is estimated to be 50 million annually.3

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