ATLANTA, Ga. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that diseases transmitted through the bites of blood-feeding ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas are a “growing public health problem” in the United States.
Reported cases of what are called vector-borne diseases have more than tripled nationwide, growing from 27,388 cases reported in 2004 to a whopping 96,075 cases reported in 2016, according to the Vital Signs report published by the CDC in May.
Vector-borne diseases are transmitted by blood-feeding ticks and insects capable of transmitting pathogens – bacteria, viruses, or parasites – from one host to another. Pathogens, transmitted through a vector’s bite, cause illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile virus and Zika virus, to name a few.
Experts with the CDC recommend the following measures to protect yourself and your family from the bites of mosquitos, ticks and fleas: