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Host Immune Response to Mosquito Bites Facilitates Viral Infection

When bitten, mosquito saliva triggers a welt of inflammation. It is this inflammation response that has been found to actually propel virus replication and increase the spread of infection to other parts of the body. The infection is not spread quickly because components in the saliva suppress a host immune response but rather by engaging the defending cells to spread the disease further. More research is needed to detect whether suppressing the initial inflammation with topical anti-inflammatory creams would inhibit the spread of infection. Click here to learn more. Click here for more reading.