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Tick, Mosquite-Borne Diseases Triple Since 2004

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new report showing that from 2004 to 2016, the number of Americans infected by mosquitoes, ticks or fleas tripled from 27,388 in 2004, to 96,075 in 2016.  (Citation source: http://bit.ly/2joUkzU)

From 2015 to 2016, these infections rose by 73 percent. This included new Zika, and chikungunya virus infections and (41,680 in 2016) followed by Lyme disease, (36,429 cases). This may be an underestimation as as many infections are not reported.

Mosquito-borne illnesses were highest in NY, NJ, Maryland, Delaware, Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, California, Colorado and Arizona. Tick-borne disease was highest in the Northeast (NJ, NY, CT, LI, PA, MA, ME, NH, DE, VA, DC), Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The CDC said more than 80 percent of vector-control organizations across the United States lack the capacity to prevent and control these fast-spreading, demanding illnesses. 

 

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