Tick And Mosquito Infections Are Going To Be Bad This Summer, Says Centers For Disease Control (CDC)

Aaron Homer

Tick and mosquito-borne infections have been on the rise in the U.S. for the past few years, and this summer is going to be an exceptionally bad one, The New York Times is reporting. Best load up on bug repellent sooner rather than later, warns the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The infectious disease industry calls diseases like Lyme Disease and Zika Virus - that is, diseases that you get through bites, as in bug bites - "vector-borne," and boy they have been on the rise here in the States in the past few years, says Dr. Lyle R. Petersen.

"The numbers on some of these diseases have gone to astronomical levels."

— Dr. Daniel Cameron (@DrDanielCameron) May 2, 2018

But enough about that: the more important question is, what should I do about it? And the answer is the old standby, bug spray. Specifically, bug sprays with the chemical DEET - buy a bunch and hose yourself and your children down with it every time you step outside this summer. To be extra safe, wear protective clothing, such as hats and long-sleeve shirts, whenever possible.