Ohio Valley Not Immue From Tick-Borne Disease

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Diseases spread by bites from ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas are on the rise: cases tripled between 2004 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"The data show that we're seeing a steady increase and spread of tick-borne diseases, and an accelerating trend of mosquito-borne diseases introduced from other parts of the world", Lyle Petersen, director of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases at the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.

Luckily, even if you have contracted Lyme Disease, medical professionals say it's very treatable.

After a diagnosis of Lyme Disease three years ago, ESF entomologist Melissa Fierke went from studying bugs that kill trees to also studying ticks.

Similar to the mode in which scientists theorize the transmittal of plague reached epic proportions in the 1300s, epidemiologists believe that increased air travel may be a factor in the spread of insect-borne illnesses. The number of cases of this disease has been increasing, according to the CDC, jumping from 348 in 2000 to 1,761 by 2010. The most common mosquito-borne viruses were West Nile, dengue, and Zika.

Doctors recommend wearing long sleeved clothing and using repellent sprays when going out in wooded areas to avoid tick and mosquito bites.

During that time, the number of cases in Kentucky and West Virginia more than doubled.

(St. Joseph, MO) As the weather begins to heat up more people are wanting to spend their free time outdoors, putting you at risk for coming into contact with tick and mosquitoes.

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The risk of contracting Lyme Disease from an infected tick is highest from May to October.

These ticks don't transmit the same kinds of serious diseases as the blacklegged or deer tick, but they can infect people with diseases that include ehrlichiosis, Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), spotted fever rickettsiosis, Tularemia and heartland virus.

Rates of diseases spread by ticks are rising rapidly in the US.

Another tick found in CT that can transmit diseases is the lone star tick. Ticks in other stages of development also overwinter in the shelter and relative comfort of the soil or within leaf litter and ground clutter, where snow cover can actually provide additional protection from extremely cold temperatures and wind.

She said it is important to put your dog on a tick preventative and vigilantly check for ticks on your pets. And speaking of clothing, make sure to wear longer trousers when you're outside, and tuck your trousers into your socks to minimize skin exposure.

Take steps to control mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas inside and outside the home.

Tinkel said repellents with the chemical DEET will protect from mosquitoes and ticks.

Find and remove ticks daily from family members and pets.