According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of disease cases from mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled from 2004 to 2016. Additionally, nine new germs spread by mosquitos and ticks have been discovered since 2004. Insect-borne illnesses include:
Ways to prevent insect bites
Texas has the third highest amount of mosquito-borne disease cases in the U.S. Take precautions to minimize your family’s risk:
- Always use insect repellent when spending time outdoors.
- Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants when in wooded or grassy areas.
- Cover strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting.
- Take steps to control ticks and fleas on household pets.
- Use air conditioning when possible and repair any holes in window screens to keep bugs outside.
- Empty or cover outdoor items that collect standing water.
If your child experiences any unusual symptoms after a bug bite – such as fever, headache, rash, fatigue, or joint and muscle pain – contact a pediatrician.
See how to treat bug bites and stings in children for tips on how to care for your child at home and when to call the doctor.
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