CDC: Sickness from bug bites is spreading rapidly

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"Zika virus, [fever], West Nile, Lyme disease and the Chikungunya virus - the growing list caused by the bite of infected mosquitoes, ticks or fleas diseases faced by the U.S.in recent years", said Dr. Robert R. Redfield, Director of the CDC.

In 2004, the number of insect-borne illnesses reported to the CDC topped at 27,000 a year, rising to 96,000 by 2016. If a tick is carrying the Lyme disease virus, it has to stay attached to you for at least a day to transmit it, so feel your scalp, look in the folds of your body and get them off you and yours. This includes a doubling of diseases transmitted by ticks, which in turn accounted for 60 percent of all vector-borne diseases, he said. This month happens to be Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

The responsibility for detecting and responding to diseases spread by vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks is nearly all funded locally and operated by local and state health departments.

Southern Vermont has had more confirmed Lyme disease cases since 2015 than any other region of the state. "There's some concern they might come with a vengeance with warmer climates".

In an interview, Petersen said he was "not under any pressure to say anything or not say anything" about climate change and that he had not been asked to keep mentions of it out of the study. "I think there's always concern that potentially warmer temperatures will drive changes in insect and arthropod populations", he says. But experts say climate change is likely playing a role. "Cases of a more severe form of Lyme disease - neuroborreliosis - have to be reported to the HPSC by doctors and laboratories in Ireland". Dr. Rosenberg attributes the rise to a number of causes.

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Other factors leading to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika include worldwide travel, the CDC said.

The CDC points out more people are at risk for a number of reasons.

Close up photo of adult female deer tick crawling on piece of straw. You can see instructions on how to remove a tick on the HPSC's website. More of jet travel from the tropical areas means that the epidemics like Zika and dengue are getting into the human blood rapidly.

For example, Aedes aegypti - the mosquito most responsible for transmitting Zika - has now expanded its range into as many as 38 states, the report found. "We're not quite sure of the origin, but it was probably through a person who had the virus". During that time, nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were identified or introduced in the country.

Supporting five regional centers of excellence to address emerging diseases from mosquitoes and ticks.

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