West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease: Updated Numbers

Post of West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease: Updated Numbers

A recent article from Business Insider caught my attention: The Most Dangerous Animal in the World Can Fit on Your Fingertip had me clicking to find out what this creature could be, so imagine my surprise (even as someone who considers themselves an expert on the annoying buzzers) when I saw that it was indeed, the mosquito. So often we discuss how irritating these bugs can be and how they can hinder our outdoor fun, but they can also cause illness and disease.

In July, the last time we wrote about West Nile Virus, there had been cases reported in ten states. Just last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their reports and there have been 890 human cases in 45 states. It is be hard to believe in just 2 short months the numbers have increased that significantly. West Nile Virus is usually spread by mosquitoes and can cause serious neurological problems, so it is important to be wary of the symptoms. You can read our past blog post to read more detailed information about the disease and its symptoms.

Vector borne diseases don’t stop there. Lyme Disease this year has been on the up-tick (pun intended). In past years, the number of confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in the U.S. has been between 20,000 to 30,000. But this year at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases, the CDC released new information which explained the number is actually around 300,000! That is ten times higher than what was originally thought. This year was so big for ticks, scientists discovered a whole new virus spread by the little bloodsuckers. Heartland Virus is now on the radar as yet another disease spread by one of the insects we protect you and your four legged friends against.

We have entered the Autumn season which may make you let your guard down against vector borne disease, but with the weather fluctuating between warm and cool, these mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks can still be an issue. Mosquito Joe is still working to make sure you’re safe with our mosquito control services, but pay attention to the news in your area. If you live in an area where Lyme Disease has been an issue or where West Nile has been confirmed, take extra precautions such as long sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors, and eliminating standing water in your yard, a mosquito’s favorite breeding ground. We want outside to be fun and safe!

Photo Credit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention