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Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

CDC Warns Insect-Borne Diseases Tripled Since 2004: 'US Not Fully Prepared'

CDC Warns Insect-Borne Diseases Tripled Since 2004: 'US Not Fully Prepared'

Have you or someone you know contracted Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis or another tick-borne disease while in this country over the past decade?

According to the CDC, in a span of 13 years until 2016, infections from tick, flea, and mosquito bites have more than tripled in the United States with over 640,000 cases.

Preliminary results from the project have found evidence that the deer tick, which is responsible for the spread of Lyme disease, is widely established in southern Indiana.

Officials believe Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections are becoming more common because the ticks that carry them are spreading to new areas due to warmer weather, which also makes tick season last longer each year, according to the CDC.

"State and local health departments and vector control organizations are the nation's main defense against this increasing threat", the CDC wrote.

Train vector control staff on five core competencies for conducting prevention and control activities. Tick-borne diseases can be treated with antibiotics, and prompt diagnosis can help prevent complications. It provides detailed information on the growing burden of mosquito-borne and tickborne illnesses in the U.S. West Nile, dengue, and Zika accounted for the most mosquito-borne infections.

The Animal Medical Center says that we are expected to see an increase in the amount of ticks and fleas this year. "Where there are ticks, there comes diseases", explained Dr. Lyle Petersen, Director of the CDC's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases.

When you get indoors, bathe or shower as soon as you can-this increases the odds that you'll wash off or spot ticks that may be crawling on you, the CDC says.

IN health officials are encouraging Hoosiers to protect themselves from tick bites while outdoors as warmer temperatures bring an increase IN tick activity across the state. "Some ticks survive as eggs deposited before winter". "Light colored clothing is good so you can see a tick or a mosquito on you or some other bug".

Connecticut's first breeding population of this invasive disease-carrying tick was discovered in 2017 on Manresa Island in South Norwalk. MI had slightly more cases than OH, but less than Indiana.

Check yourself, your children and pets thoroughly for ticks after spending time in areas that may contain ticks.

These ticks don't transmit the same kinds of serious diseases as the blacklegged or deer tick, but they can infect people with diseases that include ehrlichiosis, Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), spotted fever rickettsiosis, Tularemia and heartland virus. 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. Hikers should try and stay in the middle of the trail and anyone who spends time outside should give themselves a thorough search for ticks.

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