Insect-borne illnesses on the rise — CDC

  • Insect-borne illnesses on the rise — CDC

Insect-borne illnesses on the rise — CDC

(CNN) - With summer around the corner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts are warning -- beware the bugs!

According to the CDC, diseases from mosquito and tick bites happen in every US state and territory.

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.

To effectively reduce transmission and respond to future outbreaks, will require improvements in surveillance, diagnostics, reporting, and vector control, as well as new tools, including vaccines.

The sixteen diseases tracked by the CDC include well-known diseases like Lyme and Zika, which have seen a dramatic rise since 2004.

The Upper Midwestern Regional Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease plans to unveil a new smartphone app that will help them track tick exposure in high-risk areas for Lyme disease. For instance, the black-legged tick - the species carrying Lyme disease and six other human pathogens - has marched at a steady clip northward. Data for flea-borne illness couldn't be located for those individual years. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Nearly everyone in the world has been bitten by a mosquito. Lyme, which accounts for some four fifths of tick-borne disease, has doubled in the past decade. The report suggests that mosquito borne infections tended to occur in epidemics and rose from 4,858 in 2004 to 47,461 in 2016. Accurate estimates are hard, however, because many infections are not recognized or reported.

Ten years later, there were more than 500.

"We don't know what will threaten Americans next", CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said in a statement. Also, "when the tick season is longer, people are exposed over longer periods".

Diseases carried by mosquitoes - like dengue and chikungunya - also saw sharp spikes.

Partnering with local and tribal health departments, industry, universities, and worldwide groups to detect and respond to diseases from mosquito.

The CDC is also concerned about the rising rates of plague, carried by fleas, and previously reported in southwestern states. "Some of the manifestations of Lyme Disease are deadly", said Yourdon.

The New York State Department of Health says people should take steps to prevent tick bites by avoiding areas where ticks reside, such as in tall grass and brush.

He added that people are more likely to encounter mosquito-borne diseases while traveling to other countries.

According to the report, during this period, nine new vector-borne infections have emerged as threats.

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

The CDC reports "Almost everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea".

Statistics show in 2004 there were about 27,000 reported cases of pests causing infectious diseases in humans as compared to over 96,000 cases in 2016. "So we have West Nile, Zika, chikungunya", Tulane Professor Dawn Wesson said.

Health officials are concerned about a rare type of tick that has been located in eastern Pennsylvania.