CDC shows major jump in mosquito-borne diseases

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MA is one of the states with the most reported cases of tick-borne diseases - some 50,234 - from 2004 through 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows diseases from mosquito, tick and flea bites have more than tripled in the US over the past 12 years.

Public health officials are urging use of bug repellent this season as cases of tick and mosquito-borne disease are on the rise.

The BCCDC says there were 40 lab and clinical-confirmed cases reported in 2016 (the previous year for which data has been published), almost double the 22 cases in 2015. Nine of the diseases are new to the US, or have only recently been discovered.

The Jackson County Vector Control Districts said the ticks that carry Lyme disease can be found in Jackson County.

Mosquitoes are a growing threat, too, causing periodic epidemics of dengue, chikungunya, West Nile, and Zika.

However, there have been no Broome County deaths attributed to Lyme Disease.

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For example, recent data from clinical and laboratory diagnoses estimate that Lyme disease infects about 300,000 Americans every year, which is eight to 10 times more than the number reported in the CDC analysis.

Before I talk about the tick's habits and other properties, I want to quickly review Lyme disease, which is an infection caused by a bacterium called Borrelia. Lyme disease accounted for 82 percent of those cases.

If you do find a tick on you or your pet, be careful removing it.

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Other CDC charts show several New England states, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, with high incidence rates for Lyme diseases during recent years.

"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. "That said we still recommend everybody take prudent efforts to stop getting mosquito bites".