Thursday, October 25, 2018 by: Zoey Sky Tags: allergic reactions, allergies, bed bugs, C. lectularius, Cimex lectularius, cleanliness, common bed bug, health hazards, infestation, insects, parasites, pest control, pests, prevention, Public Health, skin infections (Natural News) According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), bed bugs are a public health hazard. Thankfully, these nasty pests don’t transmit diseases, unlike mosquitoes that spread malaria. However, bed bugs need to be eliminated because exposure to these parasites may cause allergic reactions. In rare cases, some individuals bitten by bed bugs may suffer from anaphylactic shock. Scratching bed bug bites can also cause skin infections like impetigo. Bed bug bites may cause lymphangitis, which occurs when bacteria or viruses invade the vessels of the lymphatic system via an infected cut or wound. The symptoms of lymphangitis include chills, fever, and a general sense of illness. … [Read more...] about What you need to know about bed bugs (and natural ways to get rid of them)
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Story highlights Rocky Mountain spotted fever is spread by ticks infected with disease-causing bacteria The illness is treatable with an antibiotic when caught early (CNN)An uncommon but potentially deadly disease is on the rise in the United States. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is the deadliest tick-borne illness in the world, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though access to antibiotics has lowered fatality rates from 28% in 1944 to less than 0.5% today. Summer campers face deadly ticks and mosquitoes Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be spread to humans through the bite of an infected tick. The disease itself is caused by the bacterium R. rickettsii, which belongs to a genus of bacteria that cause typhus and other forms of spotted fevers. Rocky Mountain spotted fever was discovered in 1906 by Howard Ricketts, who later died of rodent-carried typhus, a related disease. Although the majority of cases of the disease are reported in North … [Read more...] about What is Rocky Mountain spotted fever?
WASHINGTON — With spring in full swing and summer quickly approaching, many people are enjoying more time outdoors — and already swatting away those pesky mosquitoes. But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows there are more potential health risks from mosquitoes than just a few itchy bites. The CDC reported this week the number of diseases transmitted from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas has more than tripled since 2004. “We’ve seen an influx of things like the chikungunya virus, the Zika virus, which really caught our attention a few years ago,” said “Bug Guy” Dr. Mike Raupp, a University of Maryland entomologist. “There are other viruses carried by this little house mosquito, things like West Nile virus. These indicators all are pointing in the upward direction.” What’s behind the uptick? “There’s a number of factors that go into this,” he said. “We think that probably … [Read more...] about The ‘Bug Guy’ explains: What’s behind the rise in mosquito-born diseases and which bug sprays really work?
(NEW YORK) — Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas aren’t just annoying pests, they’re also biting more than ever and spreading new germs, a new report that looked at 13 years of cases in the U.S. said. More than 640,000 patients came down with diseases transmitted by bites from the three types of insects were reported across the U.S. between 2004 and 2016, according to the analysis from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Lyle Peterson, the report’s lead author, states that it’s actually worse than that, since these numbers are underestimations because of unreported or unrecognized cases. The CDC estimates there are approximately 300,000 cases of Lyme disease each year alone. Ticks, which transmit Lyme disease, have increased significantly amid a decline in deer hunting, decline in predators and wider habitats in lush suburban forests. Mosquito-borne viruses, on the other hand, have varying patterns due to their epidemic nature. Since the … [Read more...] about Diseases from mosquito, flea and tick bites have tripled, spread new disease: CDC
When spring arrives, many of us humans are reaching for the tissues and allergy meds. Turns out our dogs may be suffering, too. Instead of respiratory symptoms, most dogs with seasonal allergies have dermatological reactions — irritated skin, ear or paw infections and a tendency to lick, bite or scratch the affected areas. » RELATED: Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets In fact, skin allergies are the top reason dogs require medical treatment, veterinarians report. While many of those reactions start out seasonal, without treatment, the allergies and the problems they cause can last all year long. Henri’s Struggle That’s what happened with Henri, a 7-year-old French bulldog who lives with Nori and Lori Morimoto in St.Petersburg, Fla. When Henri was a little more than a year old, the couple noticed welts in … [Read more...] about Like people, dogs can struggle with seasonal allergies