Number of Bug Bite Related Illnesses On the Rise Across the US

Frederick Owens
May 3, 2018

Though rare, plague was the most common disease resulting from the bite of an infected flea.

The Centers for Disease Control say tick-borne illnesses have tripled in the US and Wisconsin is among the states with the most reported cases of these diseases.

The report also notes that the disease-carrying mosquito species Aedes aegypti has been expanding its range throughout the continental United States and is now prevalent in at least 38 states. They've increased about 46 percent between 2004 and 2016.

A recently passed bipartisan bill has added $900 million to the CDC's budget, and Schumer is calling on the organization to earmark a significant percent of their new capital towards reducing and eventually eradicating lime disease in the Hudson Valley.

Instances of Chikungunya and Zika, with outbreaks first in 2006 and 2015, respectively, have put the viruses on the CDC's radar as more likely to frequently occur.

"The number of reported vector-borne disease cases has tripled over the last 13 years", Petersen told reporters in a telephone briefing.

Ticks, the carriers of Lyme disease, seem to be the most unsafe - accounting for 63 percent of the reported illnesses.

The warmer weather of spring and summer means the start of tick and mosquito season and the diseases they transmit, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile and Zika.

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More than 640,000 cases were reported between 2004 and 2016, the report said.

These diseases pose "an increasing risk" and the "nation needs to be better prepared to face this public health threat", said the report.

Mosquitoes and ticks move germs into new areas of the United States, causing more people to be at risk.

"Interest in travel for example, the world is getting smaller, people are traveling from here to there there to here in no time pretty much very rapidly", Behura said.

The Lyme disease is an infectious disease that is transmitted through the bite of ticks and is caused by the Borrelia Burgdorferi bacterium.

Are you a health professional who has firsthand experiences with these tick- and mosquito-borne diseases?

"It's something we're certainly concerned with and we're aware of, but there's no simple answer to the question", Rosenberg said. The majority of those illnesses are Lyme disease.

According to the release, deer ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other diseases that are becoming common. In Wisconsin that year, there were 44 confirmed cases in humans and five deaths from West Nile. The only vector-bornedisease for which there is a vaccine is yellow fever, of which there was just one case in the entire study period in 2016. "Time and again, we see patients seeking care that will help ease their suffering".

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