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Tick- and mosquito-borne diseases more than triple, since 2004, in the US

Posted by https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/01/health/ticks-mosquito-borne-diseases-cdc-stu on 05.08.2018

CDC: Illnesses from tick, mosquito, and flea bites more than tripled between 2004 and 2016

Nine new vector-borne pathogens have been identified since 2004

(CNN) With summer around the corner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts are warning --- beware the bugs!

A new report from the agency reveals that diseases transmitted through the bites of blood-feeding ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas are a "growing public health problem" in the United States.

Reported cases of what are called vector-borne diseases have more than tripled nationwide, growing from 27,388 cases reported in 2004 to a whopping 96,075 cases reported in 2016, according to the new Vital Signs report published by the CDC on Tuesday.

Vector-borne diseases are illnesses that are transmitted by vectors, or blood-feeding ticks and insects capable of transmitting pathogens -- bacteria, viruses, or parasites -- from one host to another. Pathogens, transmitted through a vector's bite, cause illness. These include Lyme disease, West Nile virus and Zika virus, to name a few.

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Tick- and mosquito-borne diseases more than triple, since 2004, in the US