So yes, it’s not humans but the not so humble mosquito. Malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, west Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis and Zika virus are just some of the deadly infections this little pest can transmit.
Ironically enough, during a large scale disaster where mosquitos are vectors of transmission, it is in larger urban areas where mosquito control efforts are more successful while rural and wilderness areas are much more exposed. This has historically been the case for Dengue fever across Latin America where the larger cities are kept under control through anti-mosquito campaigns, breeding water prevention and anti-mosquito fogging.
If you live in Southern USA, especially in rural areas, it makes sense to stock up on repellent in case of an outbreak. Surrounding your house with citronella plants is also a good, natural mosquito repellent to consider.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.