Skip to main content

Military Health System

Bug-Borne Illnesses

Everyone—in the United States and around the world—is vulnerable to diseases spread by infected insects or ticks, also called vectors. Increasing global travel and urbanization are contributing to vector-borne disease outbreaks in new regions and countries. 

Some vector-borne diseases, like plague, have been around for thousands of years. Others, like Heartland virus disease and Bourbon virus disease, have been discovered recently.

What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?

  • Use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Treat items, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin or buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
  • Take steps to control ticks and fleas on pets.
  • Find and remove ticks daily from family and pets.
  • Take steps to control mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas inside and outside your home.

You also may be interested in...

Taking the stings out of summer fun

Article
8/15/2022
Beekeeper in protective gear holds framework with bees and honey..

What you should know and do about bee, wasp, and hornet stings

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Summer Safety | Public Health

New Army surveillance program designed to keep service members safe

Article
3/10/2021
Military personnel wearing a face mask hanging a light in a tree

Collecting vector samples allows for PHC-P scientists to analyze areas of interest for potential vector-borne diseases that could impact the health of the force.

Recommended Content:

Public Health | Global Health Engagement | Bug-Borne Illnesses | Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

AFHSB tracks bugs worldwide to protect service members

Article
7/29/2020
Group of people in forest gathering samples

The GEIS FVBI program supports vector and vector-borne disease surveillance projects in more than 40 countries around the world.

Recommended Content:

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Global Emerging Infections Surveillance | Bug-Borne Illnesses

Fleas Aren't Just Annoying

Video
6/19/2020
Fleas Aren't Just Annoying

Learn more about how to protect yourself--and your pets--from fleas by watching this video.

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Flea-Borne Illnesses

Moments in Military Medicine: Yellow Fever

Video
6/19/2020
Moments in Military Medicine: Yellow Fever

Learn about the connection between military medicine and yellow fever in this video

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | National Museum of Health and Medicine

Don't let ticks get under your skin

Video
6/19/2020
Don't let ticks get under your skin

Don't let ticks get under your skin! Watch this video to learn more.

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Tick-Borne Illnesses

The Deadliest Animal In the World

Video
6/19/2020
The Deadliest Animal In the World

What's the deadliest animal in the world? You need to know. Watch this video to learn more.

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Fact Sheet: West Nile

Fact Sheet
7/16/2019

This fact sheet, from the Armed Services Blood Program, describes how West Nile is transmitted, its signs and symptoms, and how to prevent getting the disease.

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Armed Services Blood Program | Mosquito-Borne Illnesses | Bug-Borne Illnesses

Fact Sheet: Malaria

Fact Sheet
7/16/2019

This fact sheet, from the Armed Services Blood Program, describes how Malaria is transmitted, its signs and symptoms, and how to prevent getting the disease.

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Armed Services Blood Program | Mosquito-Borne Illnesses | Bug-Borne Illnesses

Fact Sheet: Babesia

Fact Sheet
7/16/2019

This fact sheet, from the Armed Services Blood Program, describes how Babesia is transmitted, its signs and symptoms, and how to prevent getting the disease.

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Tick-Borne Illnesses | Armed Services Blood Program

Fact Sheet: Chagas

Fact Sheet
7/16/2019

This fact sheet, from the Armed Services Blood Program, describes how Chagas is transmitted, its signs and symptoms, and how to prevent getting the disease.

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Armed Services Blood Program

Fact Sheet: Dengue

Fact Sheet
7/16/2019

This fact sheet, from the Armed Services Blood Program, describes how Dengue is transmitted, its signs and symptoms, and how to prevent getting the disease.

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Armed Services Blood Program | Mosquito-Borne Illnesses | Bug-Borne Illnesses

Kids Talk Medicine: Chikungunya

Video
7/16/2019
Kids Talk Medicine: Chikungunya

Once you learn how to say CHIKUNGUNYA, take a minute to learn what it is!

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses

Prevent Mosquito Bites When Traveling Flyer

Publication
6/20/2019

If you're planning a trip this summer, follow the tips on this flyer to protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses

Help Control Mosquitoes Flyer

Publication
6/20/2019

This flyer describes how to help control mosquitoes that can spread dangerous viruses

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses
<< < 1 2 > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 2
Last Updated: July 08, 2022
Follow us on Instagram Follow us on LinkedIn Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on YouTube Sign up on GovDelivery