Over the course of 12 years, the number of insect-borne diseases has tripled in the US
Specialists from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warn that US residents should beware of insects.
The new department report says that diseases transmitted through the bites of ticks, mosquitoes and fleas are "a growing public health problem" in the US, writes CNN.
Cases of diseases that were carried by these insects more than tripled throughout the country, increasing from 27 388 cases recorded in the 2004 year to 96 075 cases in the 2016 year.
Diseases that are transmitted by the bites of blood-sucking insects include Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Zika virus and many other less dangerous diseases.
“It is very important that the public understands that insects are more than just summer troubles, you can get very serious diseases from ticks and mosquitoes,” said author of the report, Dr. Lyle Petersen.
According to the World Health Organization, insect-borne diseases account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases that cause more than 700 000 deaths worldwide each year.
The report, based on data from the National Surveillance System for the period between 2004 and 2016, revealed various insect-borne diseases of 16: Lyme disease, anaplasmosis / ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, tularemia, Paussana virus, dengue virus, Zika virus, Viera virus West Nile, malaria, Chikungunya virus, Californian encephalitis, east encephalitis virus, yellow fever virus and plague.
Researchers found that during this period, 642 602 cases of such diseases were reported.
The number of tick-borne diseases has grown from 22 527 cases in 2004 year to 48 610 cases in 2016 year. Of these, Lyme disease was 82%.
The number of mosquito-borne diseases rose from 4 858 in 2004 to 47 461 in 2016. A big leap in this group occurred in the 2016 year, when 41 680 had registered cases of Zika virus.
West Nile virus was the most common disease transmitted from mosquitoes in the continental United States, the most cases were recorded in 2012, the epidemic was in Texas.
Plague was the most common disease associated with fleas, although the number of cases was small. The endemic plague was recorded mainly in rural areas of the southwestern part of the United States, the number of cases did not exceed 17 cases per year.
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