Learn To Live Safely With Ticks And Mosquitoes
The different types of tick and mosquito borne disease are constantly on the rise, and with many people travelling the globe more frequently, us humans can also be taking the risk of transmitting these diseases even further afield. So what can we do about it?
Cases of vector-borne disease have more than doubled in the U.S. since 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported, with mosquitoes and ticks bearing most of the blame. Mosquitoes, long spreaders of malaria and yellow fever, have more recently spread dengue, Zika and Chikungunya viruses, and caused epidemic outbreaks, mainly in U.S. territories. The insects are also largely responsible for making West Nile virus endemic in the continental U.S.
There are a few good pointers in that article that each and every one of us should be acting on, to ensure our own safety from these disease spreading pests.
“300,000 Lyme disease cases every year” in the United States, is a very concerning number. And what is surprising, is that many people still aren’t protecting themselves from ticks as best they can.
Prevention should be on everyone’s mind, particularly during the spring, summer and early fall when ticks are most active. From May through July, people will get more tick bites and tickborne diseases than any other time of year in the United States. It’s especially important to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones (including pets) from ticks during this season, as well as any time during warmer months when you’re outside.
Again, this is another article with some very useful information on how to protect yourself from ticks. Next time you step outside, think about the threat these insects and arachnids are to your health. Mosquitoes and ticks are unfortunately here to stay, so we need to learn to live safely with them.
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