Illnesses From Ticks, Mosquitoes, Flea Bites Have Tripled In Recent Years: CDC

by Jared Lewis May 8, 2018, 3:13
Illnesses From Ticks, Mosquitoes, Flea Bites Have Tripled In Recent Years: CDC

Tick, flea and mosquito infections are increasing rapidly across the United States, warns a new report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There has been a steady increase in tick numbers over the past decades, translating into an similar increase in the number of cases of tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and even allergies to red meat in people who have been bitten by ticks.

The federal government recently released a report that says tick- and insect-spread diseases are on the rise, and NY is at the top of the heap in terms of the number of cases.

DPH recently finalized its 2017 data and is reporting 608 cases of Lyme disease a year ago, an increase of more than 100 cases since 2016.

The rise in these diseases can't be pegged to one specific factor, though. "And we don't know what will threaten Americans next", CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said in a news release.

Part of that, Shardien says, is the emerging nature of diseases like Zika caused by mosquitos.

And that's why the CDC has released its report now, said Folk: to educate the public during the the prime season. Ticks spread Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other illnesses, some of them only recently discovered.

Increased travel has also helped some of these diseases spread, especially when it comes to mosquitos, William Schaffner, M.D., an infectious disease specialist and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, tells SELF.

The number of recent cases of vector-borne illnesses has remained flat, but the number of people treated has increased over the past decade in IN, said Megan Wade-Taxter, spokeswoman for the State Department of Health. Higher temperatures and shorter winters are increasing populations of ticks, mosquitoes and other carriers, according to the CDC report.

Look for ticks on your body and remove them.

"A lot of people do carry these diseases, mostly asymptomatic, then when they come here they get bit and it starts spreading it around". In northeast IN, they said, residents are most susceptible to bites from mosquitoes and ticks.

Gaines believes more diseases being brought to the US from overseas and exploding tick populations are to blame.

Bathe or shower within two hours of coming indoors. Recent rainfall could wash it away, but if standing water remains the larvae could return, she said. He says that along with repellant can go a long way.

Of course, that can be tricky in the summer heat, which is why bug repellent is key. As such, the CDC has launched a public health campaign to protect against risky illnesses from insect bites.

Use a floor fan or ceiling fan when you're sitting outside on a porch or deck. They don't jump far or fly, Folk said.

Take steps to control mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas inside and outside your home. "You can decrease the chances of being bitten by a tick with a few precautions".

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