Insect-Borne Illnesses On The Rise — CDC

Insect-Borne Illnesses On The Rise — CDC

Insect-Borne Illnesses On The Rise — CDC

"Also talk to your vet about tick prevention, so that ticks aren't coming into your home on your pets", she said.

The CDC advise taking preventative steps to avoid direct contact with ticks, including staying away from wooded areas or areas with high grass. Spray your clothes with permethrin, some clothing already comoes pre-treatd with this stuff! Make sure you aren't bringing them in on your shoes.

Why? Clay says people are the most likely culprit.

"If we don't have the capability to deal with this, people are going to get really sick, have lifelong disabilities and possibly die", said Center for Health and Homeland Security Chair Michael Greenberger.

Use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or a tick-removal tool from a pharmacy to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. But if you find a tick on your body, don't count on a tick test to let you know if you have Lyme disease.

While public health was sending ticks to be tested for the Lyme-causing bacteria, it no longer does this, Black said.

The CDC says that diseases from insects like ticks, fleas and mosquitoes have been sharply increasing over the last decade. "That's passive surveillance. The National Microbiology Lab is where ticks are sent, and they don't accept our ticks anymore". The report found that since 2004, nine vector-borne diseases were discovered or introduced for the first time in the United States and its territories.

Data consistently shows that NY, and Long Island specifically, has the highest rates of tick-borne diseases in the nation. "We can also eliminate mosquito-breeding sites by emptying containers around the house, which hold small amounts of water, which can be a place for mosquitos to lay eggs".

Ticks are equal opportunity, and living in the city or in the countryside surrounding Kingston neither precludes or excludes individuals from the risk of exposure. Lyme disease and other infections can be treated with antibiotics like doxycycline or amoxicillin if detected early enough.

The typical symptoms include a fever, headache, and fatigue, as well as the most frequent and characteristic symptom, a skin rash called erythema migrans.

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