CDC: Tick, mosquito infections increasing

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Some of the notorious infections transmitted by these vectors include Lyme disease, Zika virus infection and West Nile virus infection.

Illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the USA, with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016.

"Nine new germs - seven of them spread by ticks - have been newly introduced or discovered in the United States since 2004", said Redfield.

Other factors leading to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika include worldwide travel, the CDC said. "Yet, 84 percent of local vector control organizations lack at least 1 of 5 core vector control competencies".

Widespread and hard to control, diseases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites are major causes of sickness and death worldwide.

Experts warn that climate change can exacerbate many public health threats, including diseases spread by insects and other animals that thrive in warmer conditions.

Over the years, other new bloodsuckers have made their way to Wisconsin.

The number of people who get diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the United States in recent years, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Tick-borne diseases accounted for more than three-quarters of the total. Environmental Protection Specialist Breanna Adams tells us that in Erie County, "In 2016, we had 121 cases, up from 71 cases in 2015".

IL saw the number of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases jump from 226 in 2004 to 772 in 2016, according to CDC data.

Increasing numbers of deer have helped the tick population grow over the years.

However, the CDC says there are steps one can take to stay safe while enjoying the great outdoors.

But the report fails to mention climate change or warming temperatures as having anything to do with this increase.

"The number-one thing you can do about ticks is just check yourself real carefully after you've been in the woods". Depending on the species, a single female tick may lay 3,000-8,000 eggs, after which she dies. Also, "when the tick season is longer, people are exposed over longer periods".

"But determining mortality rates based on winter weather conditions is anything but certain". They say spraying pesticide is actually a last resort. The first two are education-based; the senator called on the CDC to develop community education and outreach programs to make sure people are aware of the ways they can prevent tick bites, as well as continue its CME program which helps ensure that health care providers are fully equipped to recognize and treat tick-borne illness.

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