The United States faces an increasing number of infections caused by mosquito, tick, and flea bites, according to a new CDC report.
Between 2004 and 2016, 642 602 cases of vector borne diseases were reported to the CDC’s National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System. Tick-borne diseases accounted for more than 75% of the reports. In fact, the number of annual reports of tick-borne bacterial and protozoan diseases doubled from more than 22 000 in 2004 to more than 48 000 in 2016. Lyme disease accounts for 82% of those cases, but the actual number of Lyme disease cases is likely closer to 300 000 due to underreporting, according to the CDC.
Kuehn BM. Insect Borne Disease Threat Grows. JAMA. 2018;319(24):2471. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.7441
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