Infections From Ticks and Mosquitos Are Rising

Infections from ticks, fleas and mosquitoes have more than tripled, says CDC

MA is one of the states with the most reported cases of tick-borne diseases - some 50,234 - from 2004 through 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC says ticks are responsible for about 50,000 reported illnesses annually in recent years, a lot of them Lyme disease. Nine new mosquito and tick-driven germs were reported over that period, and CDC Director Robert Redfield admits they have no idea what might strike Americans next. Note a bite from a tick does not always cause Lyme disease and not all ticks are blacklegged ticks.

By understanding deer tick behavior, we can help better control their growth, presence and spread.

As we prepare for the summer season, it is time to also think about Lyme disease, which has been increasing in eastern Ontario over the last five years.

Brett said tick bites can lead to Colorado tick fever, and fleas can spread the plague through fleas and rodents. As a result, more people are at risk for infection. In the time period examined by the CDC, 352 cases of Lyme disease were reported. After years of criticism that doctors were forgetting or failing to report Lyme disease cases and not taking symptoms seriously enough, physicians are becoming more aware, Galanis said.

If a tick does decide to bite you, don't just pull it out.

Lyle Petersen, the CDC's director of the division of vector-borne diseases, said the centers estimate there are 300,000 Lyme disease infections in the United States each year - eight to 10 times what's reported.

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"When things start to green up, you start to have to look for ticks", says Francis Skalicky.

In areas of the world where these mosquitoes feed on humans, there may be populations of Culex quinquefasciatus that can spread Zika, Smartt said.

Schumer says Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley are epicenters of diseases caused by deer ticks and public health officials in those areas need money as soon as possible to improve prevention efforts.

Other CDC charts show several New England states, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, with high incidence rates for Lyme diseases during recent years.

"If we find the water and we know that's where the larvae are then it's very simple to treat that water", said Marcus Snyder, public health tech for Cumberland County.

Behura said we should be aware of how unsafe mosquitos are.

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