Diseases From Tick, Mosquito & Flea Bites Have Tripled In US, CDC Says

ATLANTA (CBS) – As the weather warms up and New Englanders prepare to enjoy the outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control is warning that illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites are on the rise. The report released by the CDC on Tuesday said there were 96,075 disease cases from the three in 2016. That’s more than triple the number of cases in 2004. (Image credit: CDC) “Zika, West Nile, Lyme, and chikungunya—a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea—have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement. “And we don’t know what will threaten Americans next.” The CDC said there are likely several reasons behind the uptick. The populations of mosquitoes and ticks are increasing and they are spreading into new areas. People travel overseas more and can bring back infections like Zika. And the agency says there are newly discovered germs being spread by mosquito and tick bites. “The data show that we’re seeing a steady increase and spread of tickborne diseases, and an accelerating trend of mosquito-borne diseases introduced from other parts of the world,” CDC expert Dr. Lyle Petersen said in a statement. Alarmingly, the CDC says the United States is not fully prepared to deal with this increase in disease. The report urges state and local agencies to step up efforts to test and track mosquito a...
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Source: Journal of Clinical Ethics - Category: Medical Ethics Tags: J Clin Ethics Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Clinical Ethics - Category: Medical Ethics Tags: J Clin Ethics Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Clinical Ethics - Category: Medical Ethics Tags: J Clin Ethics Source Type: research
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Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research
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Source: Accident Analysis and Prevention - Category: Accident Prevention Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Europe Featured Headlines Health Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Health and Environment Source Type: news
For most of us, springtime marks the return of life to a dreary landscape, bringing birdsong, trees in bud, and daffodils in bloom. But if you work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coming of spring means the return of nasty diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes. The killjoys at CDC celebrated the end of winter with a bummer of a paper showing that infections spread by ticks doubled in the United States from 2004 to 2016. (Tick populations have exploded in recent decades, perhaps due to climate change and loss of biodiversity.) Lyme disease The most common infection spread by ticks in the US i...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Infectious diseases Source Type: blogs
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