CDC Adds New Toolkit to Resources for Tick-Borne Related Diseases

Rising Prevalence of Lyme and other Tick-Borne Related Illnesses Causing Action from CDC

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Washington, August 9, 2018 | comments

Washington D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today highlighted the release of a brand new tick-borne related illness toolkit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new toolkit addresses Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and adds to the CDC’s available resources for various tick-borne related illnesses. The emerging focus on tick-borne related illnesses comes following a May 2018 Vital Signs report from the CDC that showed disease cases from ticks more than doubled between 2004 and 2016.

“Tick-borne related illnesses are on the rise across the country, and the Health and Human Services Department along with the CDC have displayed their commitment to combating these increasingly prevalent diseases,” said Faso. “A crucial part of successfully combating these conditions is increased public awareness and education. The CDC’s resources will be key educational tools for on-the-ground stakeholders.”

"Tick-borne diseases are becoming an increasing threat in the United States and worldwide, and proper prevention, awareness of symptoms and early treatment are the keys to success. For more detailed information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases, please visit the HHS Tick-borne Disease Working Group web site.” Dr. Richard Horowitz, Member, HHS Tick-borne Disease Working Group

HHS Tick-borne Disease Working Group web site: https://www.hhs.gov/ash/advisory-committees/tickbornedisease/reports/index.html

Guide on how to avoid ticks: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/index.html

Guide on how to remove ticks safely: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html

Common symptoms of Tickborne illnesses: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/symptoms.html

Geographic distribution of ticks that bite humans: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/geographic_distribution.html

The most recent tickborne related illness toolkit covers the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/rmsf/index.html.

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