Source: Companion Animal Parasite Council

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) warns of increasing risks of heartworm, Lyme Disease, and other tick-borne diseases in the United States in 2024. Their forecast, backed by over 12 years of accurate predictions, highlights the spread of these diseases into new areas due to factors like pet rehoming, urbanization, and climate change. Ticks and mosquitoes are identified as primary vectors, with diseases like Lyme, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and heartworm advancing into regions like North Carolina, Kentucky, and California.

CAPC provides monthly updates and county-level forecasts to help pet owners understand local risks and urges annual testing and year-round protection. Supported by research from leading academic institutions, CAPC’s forecasts have a high correlation with actual laboratory results. The organization emphasizes the importance of prevention strategies, including testing pets annually, using effective products, and administering vaccines. The increasing incidence of tick and mosquito-borne diseases highlights the importance of CAPC’s forecasts in protecting both pets and humans.

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