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A 18-year-old female asked about a 18-year-old male:

I got bit by a mosquito which had white spots on its back. what is the possibility of me getting dengue or malaria? what are the preventions?

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Depends: on where you are and if malaria or dengue is endemic and the type of mosquito that bit you
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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 40 years experience
Mosquito: You are probably referring to Aedes albopictus (asian Tiger). These were brought to the US. They bit anytime (and start in the afternoon) -they do transmit equine encephalitis. With regard to dengue/malaria - your risk will depend on whether it is endemic where you live
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