Illnesses from Flea, Mosquito, and Tick Bites Surge in the US — CDC

CDC report Illnesses from mosquito tick flea bites more than tripled from 2004-2016

And of tick-borne disease cases, Lyme disease made up 82% of reported infections. Ticks are small, about the size of a sesame seed, but when they feed off human blood, grow much larger (referred to as "engorged").

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Warming temperatures in the Four States bring out the ticks and mosquitoes, this year also with a warning from the CDC. "And we don't know what will threaten Americans next", Redfield said. Also, "when the tick season is longer, people are exposed over longer periods".

What is the only flea-borne disease mentioned in the C.D.C. report, and how can it be cured? To reduce the number of ticks found in your own yard, the CDC suggests: "Regularly remove leaf litter and clear tall grasses and brush around homes, and place wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to keep ticks away from recreational areas, and keep play areas and playground equipment away from away from shrubs, bushes, and other vegetation".

Dr. Isaac Boguch, infectious diseases specialist from the University Health Network, attributes the increase in Lyme disease positive ticks to climate change, saying that it has impacted geographic boundaries for insects that transmit the viruses.

Confirmed and reported cases of Lyme disease in B.C. have at least doubled in just a few years, largely because of more sensitive diagnostic testing being used as well as greater awareness on the part of doctors.

"The outdoors is lovely but it comes with dangers", Schumer said at the briefing held at Trail View State Park, a 454-acre brushy and deeply arbored greenbelt on the Nassau-Suffolk county border. Ticks transmit Lyme infection and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which appear to be on the rise, along with newer and deadlier infections, including Heartland and Bourbon viruses.

The summary shows that illnesses from the bites of infected vectors, that is mosquito, tick and fleas, have tripled in the United States from 2004 through 2016, with some 640,000 cases reported, and says the country is not "fully prepared" to address the growing population risk for such illnesses.

"We try to stay on top of that as best we can so that we can predict because we don't want to get blindsided where one day, we all come to work and there's some disease all over the county", said Smith.

The Michigan DNR said there are five common ticks found on people and pets in Michigan.

"It helps us to identify that this is where an issue is and this is where we need to really focus our attention", said Hayes. "This is a critical emergency". Throughout winter it has been doing research to see if there is Lyme in the county.

"The role of this news conference is not to scare people", Curran added.

Warmer temperatures are partially to blame for the spread of these pests, and in some cases even contribute to the likelihood of contracting a disease.

If untreated, Lyme Disease can cause cardiac and neurological problems and even death.