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Almost everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea.

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Disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites tripled in the US from 2004 to 2016.
Disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites tripled in the US from 2004 to 2016.

Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks have been discovered or introduced since 2004.
Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks have been discovered or introduced since 2004.

About 80% of vector control organizations lack critical prevention and control capacities.
About 80% of vector control organizations lack critical prevention and control capacities.

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The CDC Vital Signs monthly report was launched in 2010. It includes a MMWR Early Release, a graphic fact sheet and website, a media release, and social media tools. Most of the materials are available in English and Spanish.

Vital Signs is released every month, usually on the first Tuesday. Each issue covers an important health threat and what can be done to drive down the disease. Past topics have included cancer screening, alcohol and tobacco use, HIV testing, motor vehicle safety, cardiovascular disease, healthcare-associated infections, and foodborne disease.

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  • Page last reviewed: May 1, 2018
  • Page last updated: May 1, 2018
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