CDC Says Tick and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Tripled Since 2004
Spring has finally sprung across the country. While the arrival of spring came a bit later than usual for most of the country, including the Northeast, tick, flea and mosquito season was right on time.
CNN reported this week that tick and mosquito-borne illnesses in the United States have more than tripled since 2004. This is quite alarming since so many people love to be outside when the weather is nice, especially after a long cold and snowy winter!
The CDC says that blood-feeding ticks, mosquitoes and fleas are a “growing public health problem” in the US. There are 16 different diseases these pests are known to carry.
Lyme disease is the most common of the tick-borne illnesses is which accounts for over 80% of reported illnesses. West Nile virus and Zika are the most common reported mosquito-borne illnesses. In 2016 more than 41,000 Zika cases were reported. The rapidly growing number of reported cases of these illnesses is very alarming.
Here is an excerpt from the CNN article:
(CNN) With summer around the corner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts are warning — beware the bugs!
A new report from the agency reveals 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 new Vital Signs report published by the CDC on Tuesday.
Vector-borne diseases are illnesses that are transmitted by vectors, or 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 illness. These include Lyme disease, West Nile virus and Zika virus, to name a few.
“It’s very important that the public is very aware that these are more than summertime nuisances — you can get very severe diseases from ticks and mosquitoes,” said Dr. Lyle Petersen, an author of the report and director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, who actually had West Nile virus himself from a mosquito bite in 2003.
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