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"The presence of vectors with proven or possible capacity to transmit a wide range of pathogens leaves the United States susceptible to outbreaks of exotic vector-borne diseases", the report said.

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows diseases from mosquito, tick and flea bites have more than tripled in the US over the past 12 years. "And we don't know what will threaten Americans next", said CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield.

The report also said that the US was "not fully prepared" for the growing number of illnesses transmitted by the insects.

IL saw the number of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases jump from 226 in 2004 to 772 in 2016, according to CDC data. The number of cases reported jumped 73 percent in just one year, between 2015 and 2016, which officials attributed to the Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes.

West Nile virus is the most common infection spread by mosquitoes in the U.S. It was introduced in NY in 1999 and has since spread across the continent, causing annual epidemics, Petersen said. It comes from tick bites and Lyme disease symptoms like fever, headache and muscle aches start within a couple days of a bite from an infected tick.

The report noted that the mosquito most responsible for transmitting Zika (Aedes aegypti) has now spread to as many as 38 states.

Mosquitoes and ticks - and the viruses they spread - are moving to new regions.

Vector-borne diseases account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing more than 700,000 deaths annually across the globe, according to the World Health Organization.

He added that people are more likely to encounter mosquito-borne diseases while traveling to other countries. Zika viruses borne by mosquitoes have shown one of the largest leaps during this period.

The insect news were all new developments that came on an otherwise lovely day.

We're talking ticks. Unfortunately, the Center for Disease Control says Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of Lyme Disease cases every year. Only one vaccine is available against yellow fever, a mosquito-borne disease that hasn't been seen in the US but could show up again, according to the CDC report.

Separately, vector-borne diseases have become hard to prevent and control says the CDC. Its most notable epidemic during 2004-2016 occurred in 2012, in Dallas County, Texas.

It doesn't matter where you live; ticks and mosquitoes will find you wherever you live.

Educate the public about how to prevent bites and control germs spread by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas in their communities.

The surveillance program asks people working outdoors to collect ticks found on themselves, and record other data for five days within a two-week time frame.

Use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent. "Tuck your shirt into your trousers".


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