Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are suggesting the public to beware of bugs.

In the United States it has become a growing public health problem. Vector borne-diseases can be easily transmitted through the bites of fleas, mosquitoes, and blood-feeding ticks. Reported cases have tripled nationwide. According to the new vital signs report published by CDC on May 1, 2018, it reported in 2004, 27, 388 cases and then in 2016, 96,075 cases.

If the public does not take the precautions necessary to avoid contracting a disease from a bug—a person can get Lyme disease or viruses such as the West Nile virus and Zika virus.

CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement that, “Zika, West Nile, Lyme, and chikungunya a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea have confronted the United States in recent years, making a lot of people sick. And we don’t know what will threaten Americans next.”

Experts suggest keeping doors close at home and at work, thus that way no bugs will enter. The same goes for windows, unless there is protection against bugs entering. People must apply bug repellent to avoid bites and getting stung by bugs, and should reapply it throughout the day, or wear proper lightweight clothing which covers arms, legs, and neck. Pets like dogs, for example, need to wear bug repellent because the CDC has reported that pets have also been affected.

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