CDC: Tick, Mosquito-Borne Illnesses On The Rise

From CBS Minnesota
June 3, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Enjoying the outdoors in the spring and summer also means protecting yourself from mosquitoes and ticks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the number of cases involving those pests has more than tripled since 2004.

“We had to watch him well because when we rescued him, he had Lyme disease,” Deb Thompson said.

Even on a beautiful evening at Como Lake in St. Paul, Roger and Deb Thompson are keeping a close eye on their dog, Axel. The 4-year-old German Shepherd mix had Lyme disease when they adopted him.

“We put the flea tick stuff on him. We use a little bottle that we spray it down like that,” said Roger, showing how he protects Axel from ticks while also giving him a flea and tick collar to wear.

The CDC wants families to keep an eye out for themselves, too.

Between 2004 and 2016, the number of disease cases stemming from mosquito, tick and flea bites more than tripled.

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