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

FILE Ñ Aedes aegypti mosquitoes a breed that carries the Zika virus at the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionÕs Lab in San Juan Puerto Rico Feb. 24 2016. The number of people who get diseases transmitted by mosquito tick and flea bites has

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"This is one place we don't want to be number one", Schumer said.

The CDC warned that diseases from bug bites usually get worse during the summer.

However, there have been no Broome County deaths attributed to Lyme Disease.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has kicked off its "Fight the Bite" campaign to draw attention to the importance of taking measures to reduce the risk of acquiring tick- and mosquito-borne diseases.

"I was sick at home in bed for more than a week with severe headaches and fever and skin rash and just feeling awful", he said about his illness. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system, causing more serious problems.

When the weather gets warm and tick season starts, most people worry about Lyme disease.

So far, there have been 25 reported cases in Minnesota, 20 in Wisconsin, and 17 in NY since 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

More than 640,000 cases of illness were reported during that period. And funding would bolster scientific research into better diagnostics for tick-borne diseases, Schumer said. Mosquitoes and ticks and the germs they spread are increasing in number and moving into new areas.

As a group, these diseases in the United States are notable for their wide geographical distribution and resistance to control. The U.S. territory experienced a public health emergency in 2016 from an outbreak of the Zika virus that accounted for more than 40,000 cases of the disease.

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While this tick is rare in MI - with only 5 percent of all ticks submitted - it is becoming more common. No local transmission of malaria resulted from the importation of about 1,500 cases annually, even though Anopheles mosquitoes are present in much of the United States.

This is the CDC's first summary collectively examining data trends for all nationally notifiable diseases caused by the bite of an infected flea, mosquito, or tick. Unlike tick-borne diseases, which are not infectious, mosquito-borne diseases are. There are various types of ticks, but only the blacklegged tick can spread the disease.

"It's a flawless storm where you've got this huge increase in ticks and people exposed to those ticks and then you have a giant Lyme disease problem, and compounding that is that in recent years, we've had some warmer temperatures", Petersen said.

They include two previously unknown, life-threatening tick-borne viruses - Heartland and Bourbon - that were reported from the Midwest, and the chikungunya and Zika viruses transmitted by mosquitoes that were introduced to Puerto Rico in 2014 and 2015.

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.

Scientists also discovered nine new diseases carried by insects since 2004. The data includes illnesses reported in US states and territories.

Reed says if you plan on hiking or being outdoors, wear repellent along with trousers and a long-sleeved shirt.

What is happening in Britain and in Australia, according to Dr. Nicholas Watts, a global health specialist at University College London? "We're number one in Lyme disease and Long Island is number one in NY". They've increased about 46 percent between 2004 and 2016.

Behura also noted diseases can transfer from person to person quickly. Those cases were related to people who traveled to areas where the virus was prevalent.

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