CDC warning about increase in mosquito, tick & flea illnesses

04 May, 2018, 10:53 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
  • It’s not just us Ticks and mosquitoes are spreading more disease everywhere

The insects have been expanding their range across the USA, including here in the Northeast, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a significant increase in reported infections.

Between 2004 and 2016 nationwide, diseases from mosquito, tick and flea bites tripled to more than 640,000 cases, according to the study released Tuesday. "In 2016, the number of Lyme disease incidents reported for the United States was 36,429". Finally, new germs spread by mosquito and tick bites have been discovered and the list of nationally notifiable diseases has grown.

Infections from ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes have surged to "astronomical levels", and apparently, the United States is not fully prepared for the health threat.

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Besides using pesticides, what other strategies might work to halt the increase in tick, mosquito and flea infections?

"There are not so many in this region, but we do have a really big nuisance of mosquitoes in this area-(known as) the Asian tiger mosquito and it bites during the day and has the potential of being a disease-carrying mosquito", said Day. Throughout winter it has been doing research to see if there is Lyme in the county. Diseases spread by ticks alone have more than doubled, according to the report.

Wheeler said the cause of the increase of cases could just be more people aware of insect related diseases.

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You can find a link to the complete reporte here. "And we don't know what will threaten Americans next", Redfield said. At its height, Illinois led the nation in the disease in 2002 with 884 diagnoses and 67 deaths, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

So when assessing the tick risk of a specific area, think of where ticks might prefer or not: For example, they will not likely be on a paved or sandy pathway, but will likely be hiding in the grass in a forest or grassy area.

Experts are warning to protect against biting insects this spring and summer, and to have insect repellent ready when spending time outdoors as disease transmission from common pests is on the rise. "That said we still recommend everybody take prudent efforts to stop getting mosquito bites".

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If untreated, Lyme Disease can cause cardiac and neurological problems and even death.

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