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Insect-Borne Illness on the Rise in US

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • May 7, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 15:06

Guest: Sankar Swaminathan, MD, Don Merrill Rees Presidential Endowed Chair, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine The warm weather brings on diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released a report showing cases of tick and mosquito-borne illnesses like Lyme disease, West Nile virus and dengue fever have tripled in the US over the last decade. Why are these diseases are more prevalent now than they were in the early 2000s?