Diseases and Illnesses

With summer comes bugs; you don't want what they have to share

Summer’s outdoor activities and travel increases the potential for contact with disease-carrying bugs. Throughout history ticks, mosquitoes and fleas have adversely interacted with humans, but since 2004 the threat of illnesses from these three pests has tripled in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Various factors are at fault for this increase.

Migration of pathogen-carrying creatures to different geographic areas exposes fresh populations to new risks. Overseas travel unknowingly introduces unexpected microbes into the United States. The growth of deer herds has fostered more cases of Lyme disease. Finally, the responsibility for...