Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Vector Control Warns Ticks That Carry Lyme Disease Are in Jackson County

Vector Control Warns Ticks That Carry Lyme Disease Are in Jackson County

The insects have been expanding their range across the US, including here in the Northeast, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a significant increase in reported infections.

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.

The report, released Tuesday, shows that the number of reported cases of these diseases jumped from 27,388 cases in 2004 to more than 96,000 cases in 2016.

The BCCDC says there were 40 lab and clinical-confirmed cases reported in 2016 (the a year ago for which data has been published), almost double the 22 cases in 2015.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says NY communities girding for a jump in tick-borne diseases as the weather warms up need federal funding to combat the problem now rather than later.

Warm weather brings out mosquitoes and triggers the northward movement of ticks, which are most prevalent in the Northeast and Upper Midwest.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that's spread primarily though the bite of an infected black-legged tick, also known as a deer tick. Warning signs are posted at many Long Island parks and people are taking precautions. During that period, more than 640,000 cases of these diseases were reported to the CDC.

Researchers say bugs caused more than 96,000 cases previous year alone.

If a tick does decide to bite you, don't just pull it out.

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

Experts say the quicker you can detect and remove the tick, the less likely you are to get a tick-borne disease.

Common symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic bulls-eye skin rash.

On the other hand, Zika hit the United States with a high number of cases in 2016 since the general public was not as familiar with the virus in prior years, he said.

"Our Nation's first lines of defense are state and local health departments and vector control organizations, and we must continue to enhance our investment in their ability to fight against these diseases", Redfield said.

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