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Vector-Borne Diseases we all live with, well at least on our doorstep!

Diseases we all live with, well at least on our doorstep!

Did you know

  • “As many as 300,000 people in the United States may have chronic Chagas disease — mostly spread by blood-sucking insects — health officials report.” reported by HealthDay News, by Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter . Here is another “First US case of mother-to-child disease reported.
  • Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever: Spread by mosquitoes, dengue viruses infect up to 100 million people annually. Puerto Rico experienced its largest outbreak in 2010 and Florida has reported local cases for the first time in 75 years.
  • Lyme and other tick-borne diseases:Tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are serious public health problems, infecting tens of thousands in the U.S. each year. CDC is working closely with local communities, developing innovative control approaches and researching improved diagnostics.
  • West Nile and other mosquito-borne viruses:West Nile virus swept across the U.S. in less than 10 years, causing over 12,700 cases of severe disease. CDC leads ArboNET, an innovative system to monitor mosquito-borne infections in humans, mosquitoes, birds and other animals. This information allows CDC and states to quickly respond, preventing further cases. CDC and its partners implemented screening of the U.S. blood supply for WNV, preventing 3,000-9,000 transfusion-transmitted infections.

I want to thank the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for providing this information and Health Day News for supplying the above article.

Here is an PDF from CDC entitled “Promoting Health & Quality of Life by preventing & controlling Vector-Borne Diseases.”

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