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Vector-Borne Diseases on the Rise: Protect Yourself With EWG’s Guide to Bug Repellents

Summer is the season for enjoying the outdoors, but as cases of diseases from mosquitoes, ticks and flea bites continue to rise, Americans must remain vigilant about protecting themselves by using an appropriate and effective bug repellent.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases of bug-borne diseases tripled in the U.S. between 2004 and 2016, mostly from mosquito and tick bites. Lyme disease and West Nile virus continue to plague large swaths of the nation: In 2016 alone, more than 36,000 cases of Lyme disease and more than 2,000 cases of West Nile were reported. The agency also reported that nine new vector-borne diseases were reported in the U.S. during that period, including tick-borne Heartland and Bourbon viruses.  Read more.....

 

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