The report is out and it is not good. The CDC has released numbers that are shocking and the United Kingdom has issued travel warnings… to the United States! Stories come out often about a rise in Lyme disease or another tick-borne illness suddenly showing up in places it’s not been in before. Then there was the Zika scare a couple of years ago, it was in the news daily. You’ve probably read an early flea warning at some point too over the last few years, possibly just in a simple reminder to treat your pets earlier rather than later. Without numbers maybe it didn’t seem like much of a danger. With numbers comes perspective. So here they are: In 2004 the CDC recorded 27,388 cases of sickness due to ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas and in 2016 it reported 96,075. That is a frightening increase.
Independent of the UK reports that more travelers from the United Kingdom are returning home with dengue fever which has more recently appeared in Florida, Texas, and Hawaii. There have been Zika outbreaks in Florida and Texas and the mosquito that carries it, Aedes aegypti, is possibly present in 38 of the 50 states by now. Chikungunya has also been transmitted within the states of Texas and Florida. Tick-borne illnesses are rising even faster. The CDC states that 60% of this uprising is caused by ticks. Lyme disease has reached epidemic proportions in parts of the northeast. Another major factor in this report is that within these 13 years nine new bacteria that are spread through tick and mosquito bites have been discovered in the United States.
Implications for South Central Texas
KENS5 of San Antonio, TX shared this CDC report as well and notes that the Center declared the US “not fully prepared”. “We don’t know what will threaten Americans next,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said in a statement. “Our nation’s first line of defense are state and local health department and vector control organizations, and we must continue to enhance our investment in their ability to fight against these diseases.” The rise of these diseases is most likely a result of the rise in a number of ticks and mosquitoes as well as their movement into new territories. Heavier travel of US citizens to other parts of the country could also be a factor. Malaria and yellow fever and the chance of a reintroduction of these illnesses in the US were also mentioned in this report.
A call for diligence comes with this startling information. The report claims a heightened need for local governments and agencies in tracking disease and controlling the vectors themselves. It suggests protecting yourself with repellents, correct clothing, and screens on your windows. At Mosquito Squad of South Central Texas, we believe that now is the time to take the protection of your family from the rising numbers of disease into your own hands, with our help of course.
Our professional mosquito and tick control services can allow you to continue to enjoy your yard and home without fear of these rising numbers of disease. By taking a part in eliminating the pests in your yard you are also helping control this rise in number across the country. By keeping your family safer you are helping to keep others safer as well. Call us today to schedule your season of treatment.