Tick and Mosquito Transmitted Infections are Increasing
Remember in 2013 when it was big news that the CDC sent out a press release admitting that at least 300,000 people were being infected a year in the US alone with Lyme disease? Well, now they are doubling the cases of tick borne infections and tripling the number of vector borne (including mosquitoes) illnesses.
Today on ABC, the CDC admits that more than 640,000 cases of tick, flea and mosquito transmitted illnesses were reported across the country from 2004 through 2016. And remember, these are the reported cases. Many cases go unreported or misdiagnosed so the numbers would really be even much higher.
The CDC says that between 2004 and 2016, nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced into the U.S.
The findings, published in the CDC’s Vital Signs report, were based on data reported to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System from 2004 through 2016. Lyle Petersen, M.D., MPH, director of the CDC’s division of vector-borne diseases and one of the study’s authors says that some of the main causes for these spreading infections is global warming, increase in the deer population and expanding worldwide trading.
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To read the full articles on this study please visit:
- Illnesses from ticks, mosquitoes, flea bites have tripled in recent years, CDC says
- CDC Issues Warning On Bug-Borne Diseases In Wake Of New Report