It’s tick and mosquito season, and with that comes the threat of disease. A report on National Public Radio this week warned that budget problems have forced some states to trim funding for mosquito research and disease prevention.
Here in Mecklenburg County, health experts say there a many things we can do at home to prevent illnesses spread by mosquitoes or ticks.
Ticks and mosquitoes are more than just nuisances, health officials say. Some species can carry diseases that have the ability to make people seriously ill.
Last year, North Carolina reported more than 450 cases of tick-borne diseases to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most were spotted fever-type illnesses, which include Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Since its discovery in 1999, the mosquito-borne West Nile virus has a concerns, though so far this year, no cases have been reported in North Carolina.
The county health department recommends:
- Make your yard less friendly for ticks and mosquitos
- Wear long sleeves and pants when you’re in areas where the bugs are.
- Use mosquito repellent
- Remove ticks promptly when you find them.
The county website has details on these precautions, including how to safely remove a tick. See charmeck.org.