CDC: Illnesses from ticks, mosquitoes, fleas on the rise

Posted: Updated:
SOUTHAMPTON -

An alarming new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that illnesses from ticks, mosquitoes and fleas have tripled over the last 13 years.

Also on the rise is the number of phone calls to the regional Tick-borne Disease Resource Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

Rebecca Young, a registered nurse at the center, says she received nearly 400 calls in 2016.

“In 2017, I had calls numbering about 800 and now…in 2018, I have twice the number of calls I had at this time last year," says Young.

According to the CDC, more than 640,000 illnesses from those three insects have been reported between 2004 and 2016.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."