Unlock funds to combat tick-borne diseases — Schumer to CDC

Unlock funds to combat tick-borne diseases — Schumer to CDC

Unlock funds to combat tick-borne diseases — Schumer to CDC

MA is one of the states with the most reported cases of tick-borne diseases - some 50,234 - from 2004 through 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A recent study by the Center for Disease Control revealed that diseases spread from tick and mosquito bites have been sky-rocketing in recent years, and insects carrying potentially fatal diseases have been found here in the North State.

Bryon Backenson, an epidemiologist with the N.Y. Health Department, says the number of Powassan cases isn't so large when you consider how many tick bites happen overall - between 30,000 and 40,000 per year.

State health department statistics show Zika cases went from 41 in 2016, down to just 4 in 2017.

For more information about ticks and Lyme disease, consult the BCCDC website.

Rates of diseases spread by ticks are rising rapidly in the US.

Examining mosquito-related diseases alone, such as West Nile virus, IL logged more than 2,580 such cases during that 13-year stretch, according to the report. The majority of those illnesses are Lyme disease.


An infected tick must be attached to a person for more than 24 hours before it can transmit the infection to its bite victim. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system, causing more serious problems. Many infections are not recognized or reported, so it is hard to truly estimate the overall burden and cost of these diseases.

In reality, the situation is even worse, says the head of the research group Lyle Peterson, because not all after insect bites apply to the doctors, and in addition, there are unrecognised cases.

If you find a tick, remove it with a slow, steady pull to completely remove the mouthparts from the skin. "And we don't know what will threaten Americans next", Redfield said.

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests.

However, for the state as a whole, it depends on which disease you look at.

In areas of the world where these mosquitoes feed on humans, there may be populations of Culex quinquefasciatus that can spread Zika, Smartt said.

Behura said we should be aware of how unsafe mosquitos are. "Your dog can get Lyme disease as well so it's really important to protect yourself and your pets", he said.

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