Video: May 2018 Illnesses on the Rise from Mosquito, Tick, and Flea Bites
Almost everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea. These can be vectors for spreading pathogens (germs). A person who gets bitten by a vector and gets sick has a vector-borne disease, like dengue, Zika, Lyme, or plague. Between 2004 and 2016, more than 640,000 cases of these diseases were reported, and 9 new germs spread by bites from infected mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced in the US. State and local health departments and vector control organizations are the nation's main defense against this increasing threat. Yet, 84% of local vector control organizations lack at least 1 of 5 core vector control competencies. Better control of mosquitoes and ticks is needed to protect people from these costly and deadly diseases.
- 3x. Disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites tripled in the US from 2004 to 2016.
- 9. Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks have been discovered or introduced since 2004.
- 8 in 10. About 80% of vector control organizations lack critical prevention and control capacities.