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High insect populations may lead to spread of disease

March 8, 2006
By: Sarah Smithies
State Capital Bureau

You might have enjoyed the mild winter in Missouri this year, but you may not enjoy all the added pests.

Sarah Smithies explains why the mild winter may be leading to a rise in insect related diseases.

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Insect populations are flourishing in Missouri after this year's mild winter, failed to kill many eggs.

Karen Yates of the Department of Health and Senior Services says the Department has already seen cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which is transmitted by ticks.

She advises Missourians to be careful outdoors.

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"These are preventable diseases and people really need to take it upon themselves to remember to follow the basic recommendations that we've been promoting."

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Those recommendations include wearing light-colored clothing outdoors, using insect repellent, keeping lawns short, and checking for ticks at the end of the day.

From Jefferson City, I'm Sarah Smithies.