CDC warns against ticks, mosquitoes

  • CDC warns against ticks, mosquitoes

CDC warns against ticks, mosquitoes

Educating the public about protecting themselves from diseases caused by the bite of an infective mosquito, tick, or flea bite. The agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report includes data showing more than 640,000 cases of vector-borne diseases, those transmitted through bugs.

In a first-of-its-kind report last week, the CDC said diseases spread by bites from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas tripled from 2004 to 2016 in the United States.

More information on ticks, tick removal and tick-borne diseases can be found by contacting the Broome County Health Department.

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Public-health experts expect tick- and mosquito-borne diseases will emerge in new and unexpected places throughout the US over this century. "Yet, 84 percent of local vector control organizations lack at least 1 of 5 core vector control competencies". Tick-borne diseases can be treated with antibiotics, and prompt diagnosis can help prevent complications. In its report, the CDC said the nation needs to be better prepared to face this public health threat.

Lyle Petersen, the CDC's director of the division of vector-borne diseases, said the centers estimate there are 300,000 Lyme disease infections in the U.S. each year - eight to 10 times what's reported.

Rates of diseases spread by ticks are rising rapidly in the US.

According to a report issued in 2016 by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, climate change is a leading driver of the increase of vector-borne diseases.

A total of 642,602 cases of disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea were reported in the USA and its territories from 2004 through 2016.

Dr. Amy Barkhurst, a veterinarian at the Santa Clara Animal Hospital said they see an increase in dogs who are bitten by ticks.

If you're going into a brushy area or the woods, wear repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin, the CDC says.

Climate change - sometimes called global warming - has increased the overall temperature of the planet. As a result, more people are at risk for infection. "Some ticks survive as eggs deposited before winter". "You can decrease the chances of being bitten by a tick with a few precautions".

Wallace, Kennedy and Burstein all noted that Lyme Disease should not stop you from taking part in outdoor activities, but stressed to be aware of options for prevention and symptoms if you believe you have been bitten.

But officials warn that the actual amount of affected people is higher because many cases go unreported.

After spending time outside, be sure to check kids, pets and yourself for ticks. But, he says, the best thing people can do now is seek medical care if they suspect they have been infected. Standing water should be removed from properties to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, she said, and barriers of stone or cedar chips can be used between yards and wooded areas to secure areas from ticks.