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Tips To Avoid Tick, Mosquito And Flea Bites This Summer

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Ticks and mosquitos are more than just a summer nuisance, they can pose serious health risks.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows diseases transmitted through the bites of ticks, mosquitoes and fleas are a "growing public health problem" in the United States, with reported cases of what are called vector-borne diseases more than tripling nationwide since 2004.   

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the most common diseases caused by tick bites in the state include Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The most common diseases caused by mosquito bites include West Nile virus and La Crosse virus.   

Joining "Cincinnati Edition" to discuss the risks posed by disease bearing ticks and mosquitos now that we are in the hot summer months when the pests are most active are UC Health Associate Chairman of Medicine for Translational Research and Professor of Clinical Medicine, Dr. Carl Fichtenbaum; and University of Cincinnati Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Joshua Benoit.   

More information on these summer pests can be found at Ohio.gov/ticks and Ohio.gov/mosquitos.

Tune in to "Cincinnati Edition" June 18 starting at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.