Infectious disease has tripled in the last thirteen years from ticks, fleas and mosquitoes
As the temperatures warm up this draws both children and adults outside more enjoying the warmer weather. With this increased exposure the CDC has said that the number of insect transmitted infectious diseases is on the rise at a rapid rate. Of the sixteen reported insect borne illnesses the number of reported cases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas has tripled in number over the thirteen year period. Geographically the tick borne illnesses were identified principally in the eastern US and along the pacific coast. Of the mosquito borne diseases most prevalent in the US is the West Nile virus and it is not concentrated in one geographic region.
As with many diseases the actual number of infections is likely much higher than the numbers reported for these reasons:
Additionally the CDC makes these observations in relation to the increase in numbers.
The CDC is adopting two strategies to combat this increase. First, they promote the controlling of mosquitoes, ticks and fleas in environment by utilizing EPA registered insect repellent. Lastly the message to the general public on the importance of wearing appropriate clothing in areas of dense insect populations to avoid infections if possible.