>> Bug-borne diseases are sickening a stunning number of Americans. The Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday said infections spread by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas tripled in the last 13 years from about 27,000 in 2004 to almost 100,000 in 2016 and rates soared in the last year of the study.
Researchers say that spike reflects the emergence of the mosquito born zika virus, which can cause severe birth defects. Rates of lyme disease spread by ticks nearly doubled in the course of the study. The warning comes as warming weather finds more of us spending time outdoors, and temperature plays a role.
Reuters' correspondent Gina Cherelus.>> The CDC is saying that climate change more specifically, as it relates to warmer temperatures, can be a cause for an increase in these diseases that we're seeing. Mosquitoes, they love warmer temperatures that can cause for them to linger in our parks and our backyards same goes for ticks.
Ticks can expand to newer areas as the temperatures remain warm, and they can also spread more diseases that way.>> The CDC said more than 80% of the organizations across the US charged with controlling mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas lack the capacity to prevent and control these fast spreading illnesses.
Heading into summer US officials encouraged Americans to use insect repellent, check their kids, and pets for fleas and ticks, and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.