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Vector-borne diseases: Trends and take-home points

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Vector-borne diseases are on the rise, underreported, and can quickly become epidemics. Dr. Doug Campos-Outcalt reviews the trends you need to be aware of and the steps that you—and your patients—can take this summer to minimize risk.


 

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Rosenberg R, Lindsey NP, Fischer M, et al. Vital Signs: Trends in reported vectorborne disease cases—United States and territories, 2004-2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2018;67:496-501.

US Environmental Protection Agency. Repellents: protection against mosquitoes, ticks, and other arthropods. Available at: https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents. Accessed June 6, 2018.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Zika virus: prevent mosquito bites. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/prevent-mosquito-bites.html. Accessed June 6, 2018.

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