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CDC: Vector-borne diseases threaten public health

Mosquito- and tick-borne diseases pose a "growing public health problem," with reported cases rising from 27,388 in 2004 to 96,075 in 2016, according to the CDC's latest Vital Signs report. More than 75% of all vector-borne illnesses reported over the study period were transmitted by ticks, and the number of tick-borne illnesses rose steadily while mosquito-borne illnesses were more dispersed and marked by epidemics.

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