Missouri Physicians Warn Against Bug-Borne Diseases

Jul 2, 2018

A report says Missouri residents should be on the lookout for diseases caused by mosquito, flea and tick bites.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the 12-year study by the Centers for Disease Control found that bug-borne diseases have more than tripled across the U.S. from 2004 to 2016. During that time period, nine new bug-borne diseases have been introduced.

Missouri ranks around the average for mosquito-borne diseases, but is in the top 40 percent in cases of disease caused by tick bites.

Annual Mosquito Spraying Program Begins in Columbia

Jun 2, 2016
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The Department of Public Health and Human Services partnered with Columbia Parks and Recreation Thursday in an effort to reduce mosquito numbers.

Every year, Columbia’s trails are sprayed with an Environmental Protection Agency approved chemical for mosquito control. These locations include the MKT Trail, Grindstone Creek Trail, among other additional areas approved by Columbia Parks and Recreation. A small, red Chevrolet truck is scheduled to drive along the trails Friday mornings through September spraying the chemical.