Jefferson County, Colo. — It’s warming up in Colorado, and just like you and your family are ready to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, insects are coming out, too! Before hitting the pool, hiking trail or even your backyard this summer, remember to take precautions to protect yourself from the serious diseases some bugs can carry.
Diseases from insects are on the rise across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diseases spread by mosquito, tick and flea bites have tripled from 2004 to 2016 in the U.S.i Colorado had more cases of diseases caused by mosquitoes than 80 percent of states in the U.S. On the other hand, Colorado had fewer cases of tick-caused diseases than 80 percent of states.i
In Colorado, there are a few diseases transmitted by bugs you need to know about:
However, just because the bugs are outside doesn’t mean you can’t be, too! There are some important steps you and your family can take to keep your summer insect-free and safe.
If you think you may have a disease from the bite of an insect, see your healthcare provider right away.
For more info, visit www.jeffco.us/2363 or call Jefferson County Public Health at 303-232-6301.
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan through prevention, education and partnerships for all people. To learn more about JCPH, visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.
i Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital Signs: Trends in Reported Vectorborne Disease Cases — United States and Territories, 2004–2016. Published May 4, 2018. Accessed May 29, 2018. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6717e1.htm?s_cid=mm6717e1