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Overall, the CDC data revealed 96,075 infections from ticks, mosquitoes and fleas in 2016 nationwide, compared with 27,388 in 2004. Since 2004, at least nine such diseases have been newly discovered or introduced into the United States.

There are reasons to think the situation could continue getting worse, CDC director Robert Redfield said on a call with reporters Tuesday. "The threat of disease spread by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas are increasing". Scientists cite warmer weather as the driving force behind the increase.

As the number of vector-borne cases continues to increase, the burden on local and state health departments has grown as well. The actual burden is thought to be "substantially higher", researchers wrote. West Nile, dengue and Zika were the most common mosquito-borne germs. During that period, a total of more than 640,000 cases of these diseases were reported to the CDC.

They include Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, rabbit fever and Powassan virus.

Infections in 2016 went up 73 percent from 2015, reflecting the emergence of Zika, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause severe birth defects.

Diseases transmitted by biting insects - ticks and mosquitoes in particular - have more than tripled in the United States over the past decade, a new federal government report shows.

The number of Americans sickened each year by bites from infected mosquitoes, ticks or fleas tripled from 2004 through 2016, with infection rates spiking sharply in 2016 as a result of a Zika outbreak, US health officials said Tuesday.

"Many of these diseases are sensitive to temperatures", Dr. Peterson said.

Mosquitoes and ticks are increasing in number and moving into new areas, carrying with them the diseases they transmit through their bite, the report said.

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Petersen said that federal programs are increasing funding for those organizations.

Mosquito-borne infections are most likely to hit sunnier states and territories. "For tick-borne disease, increasing temperatures will tend to expand the range of these ticks farther north as well as increasing the length of tick season".

Ticks and mosquitoes and fleas, oh my. Cases of tick-borne diseases doubled during the study period, from about 22,500 in 2004 to about 48,600 in 2016.

"Our nation is better prepared today than we were a year ago", Redfield said.

"First, we're working to expand the number of effective and publicly accepted mosquito prevention and control options".

Nearly no state or local health department is fully prepared to manage these infections, the CDC said.

Auwaerter said the IDSA is investigating the role that climate change plays in the spread of vector-borne diseases "so that we can take appropriate actions to protect public health".

Other factors leading to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika include worldwide travel, the CDC said.

Train vector control staff on 5 core competencies for conducting prevention and control activities. "We support boosting resources for research and development leading to improved diagnostics for Lyme disease and other vector-borne diseases by the National Institutes of Health and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority".


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