Bug bites becoming growing health concern — CDC

May 03 15:49 2018

“More people are exposed to ticks in a wider geographic area, as well as the fact that in many areas where these tick-borne diseases are they are increasing in frequency”, said Dr. Lyle Petersen, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention director of vector-borne diseases.

Funding states and territories to detect and respond to infections from mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas and report cases to CDC.

CDC scientists analyzed data reported to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System for 16 notifiable vector-borne diseases from 2004 through 2016 to identify trends. Until that time, this tick was not known to exist in the U.S. How it arrived in New Jersey remains a mystery. The 2016 outbreak of Zika in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands made up the majority of the spike in mosquito-borne illnesses. That’s why The Mosquito Guy is here to help eliminate active mosquitoes and ticks and combat new eggs as they continue to hatch.

Ticks can spread Lyme disease, tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

The most common tick-borne diseases in the United States were Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis/anaplasmosis.

The CDC is urging the public to educate itself about proper protection from insect bites and said state and local health departments and pest control organizations should work to monitor and track mosquitoes and ticks locally.

These diseases are found throughout the USA and are resistant to control.

However, for the state as a whole, it depends on which disease you look at. We want to learn how your health departments, public health agencies and care providers are preparing for and responding to tick- and mosquito-borne diseases. Many arbovirus infections result in minimal symptoms.

Many people are aware ticks carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, but are not familiar with the ticks themselves, where they live, how they spread and importantly, what we can do as a community and individual property owners to try to decrease their presence. “The US needs better tools and more staff with greater expertise at local and state levels to reduce the growing threat of these diseases in the US”.

Behura also noted diseases can transfer from person to person quickly. Overseas commerce and travel are more common than ever before. “(We were) freaked out!” she said. “Some of the manifestations of Lyme Disease are deadly”, said Yourdon.

On the other hand, Zika hit the U.S. with a high number of cases in 2016 since the general public was not as familiar with the virus in prior years, he said.

CDC: Diseases from ticks, mosquitoes on the rise

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