CDC: Diseases from Mosquitoes, Fleas and Ticks Rising in US
Diseases from mosquitoes, ticks and flea bites tripled in the United States from Y 2004 to 2016, and officials said Tuesday rising temperatures and an increasingly connected global society are to blame.
More than 642,000 cases of these illnesses were reported during the 13 years studied in the Vital Signs report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cases of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile and Zika numbered more than 27,000 in 2004, and soared to over 96,000 in Y 2016, it said, warning that since many cases go unreported, these numbers are likely “substantially” lower than the true amount.
These diseases pose “an increasing risk” and the “nation needs to be better prepared to face this public health threat,” said the report.
“Zika, West Nile, Lyme, and chikungunya – a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea – have confronted the US in recent years, making a lot of people sick,” said CDC director Robert Redfield.
Currently, the most common tick-borne disease in the United States is Lyme disease.
The most common mosquito-borne viruses are West Nile, dengue, and Zika, while the most common disease resulting from the bite of an infected flea is the plague.
The Director of the CDC division of vector-borne diseases, said increasing temperatures can help such diseases spread, though he declined to say specifically if climate change is the cause.
“Many of these diseases are sensitive to increasing temperatures,” he told reporters on a conference call.
“Increasing temperatures will tend to expand the ranges of these ticks further North as well as increasing the length of tick season.”
Other factors leading to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika include international travel, the CDC said.
“Nine new germs , 7 of them spread by ticks have been newly introduced or discovered in the United States since 2004”
Vector-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and Zika virus disease can devastate patients and their families, causing significant suffering.
Protect yourself and your loved ones.
After the horrendous impacts of Irma, Harvey and Maria, I spoke with my friend Charles Murray, the Chairman/CEO of Penta 5 USA, about keeping the “Bugs at Bay” and “Toxins out of the Way” this is what Charles told me.
Charles said the continuing war against insects and mosquitoes has many side consequences all of which effect humans and animals. The chemicals are left on all the surrounding tress and ground and the rains wash this into the lakes and streams and underground waters.
We then eat or use this water for our foods at our own peril.
Notably, the large chemical companies rather than spend money on finding out why these insects and mosquitoes bite humans and tackle the solution this way, prefer to develop stronger toxins without any long term checks to see what it does to humans and animal life.
“Penta 5 USA has taken the decision to offer wellness and environmentally friendly products that harm no one.
“The ANYTIME™ no-bite topical lotions are safe for pregnant woman, children and pets leaving no chemical footprint behind. A revolutionary development to replace harsh chemical spraying methods is outdoor ZONE™ no-bite spatial attractant/confounder/repellant results in the mosquito no longer seeking blood and thus avoids all diseases she passes on.
“No harm to the mosquito she can still pollinate and leave eggs in lakes and streams etc. For rural areas we have the SECURE™ Yard and Garden insecticide sprays that control insects and eggs,” Charles advises.
So, be keenly aware that these are solutions with no chemical footprint left behind that future generations will have to deal with.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively
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