Illnesses from Ticks, Mosquitos and Fleas Triple Since 2004

By admin
July 06, 2018

Dangerous insect chigoeATLANTA, 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:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Treat items, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin or use permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
  • Take steps to control ticks and fleas on pets.

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