Tick, mosquito infections increasing — CDC

Tick, mosquito infections increasing — CDC

Tick, mosquito infections increasing — CDC

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.

People who spend time outside, in the woods, or in the garden are encouraged to wear long sleeves and trousers, take a shower when they return home, and scan their body for ticks.

Not all cases of vector-borne disease get reported, so the numbers could be substantially higher, the study indicated.

"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. According to estimates by the CDC in the U.S. annually is registered about 300 thousand cases of this disease, which can lead to chronic progressive arthritis.

More than 640,000 cases of illness were reported during that period.

When it comes to insect repellent, the NPMA recommends one that's EPA-approved and contains at least 20 percent DEET, or has picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.

"These are the most unsafe animals on the planet because they spread very risky diseases that spread not only in humans, but also from humans to animals and back to humans", he said. "We do western blot IgM, a marker for recent infection, and IgG, a marker for late infection".

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Ball says, "For the first time in 69-years in our backyard we had St. Louis Incephilitus reappear".

"When things start to green up, you start to have to look for ticks", says Francis Skalicky. Diseases carried by mosquitoes are not common in our area but they are on the rise.

Pennsylvania had the highest number of cases - some 73,610 - during this time period, followed by NY which had 69,313 cases, according to the CDC's first summary collectively examining data trends for all nationally notifiable diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea. Be on the lookout for signs of tick bites, such as a telltale red bull's eye rash around a bite. Ticks travel on birds and other animals. They're quality of life is severly reduced.

In all, 642,602 cases of vector-borne diseases were reported during that time period, the researchers found.

"You need to take it seriously because it is a progressive disease if it is not treated".

A vaccine against Lyme disease does not exist. But some Great Lakes states are a hot spot for another risky tick-borne disease - the Powassan Virus.

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