(Republished from the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care Newsroom.)
The CDC recently issued a report on the rising rates of tick and mosquito borne illnesses across the United States. In an interview with CNN, Myron Cohen, MD, spoke about the importance of the advisory and increasing public awareness. David Weber, MD, MPH, spoke with the New York Times about how to protect yourself from mosquitoes and ticks.
Myron Cohen, MD, Director, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, said Zika cases from 2016 indicate how quickly a previously-little known disease can sweep through the population.
“Mind where you’re going, and avoid areas that are especially attractive to ticks, like tall grassy fields,” said Weber. “Ticks don’t fly and they don’t jump.They live on grasses, and when a human goes by, they leave the grass and attach themselves to the human.” Read the full story from The New York Times.