WHEREAS, diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes affect people across the United States and are significant health threats in North Carolina, where they affect hundreds of citizens each year; and
WHEREAS, based on past data collected on ticks and mosquitoes combined with public health surveillance conducted by the Division of Public Health, it is documented that ticks and mosquitoes are abundant in North Carolina and more than 800 cases of tick and mosquito-borne diseases were reported among people in North Carolina last year; and
WHEREAS, the tick-borne diseases Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease, and the mosquito-borne diseases La Crosse encephalitis, West Nile encephalitis and Eastern equine encephalitis are preventable conditions in people and animals in North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, North Carolina and the rest of the nation are vulnerable to the emergence of a number of Old World mosquito-borne diseases, including Dengue, Chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis and Rift Valley fever that threaten both human and animal health, and that awareness to these threats among citizens is essential for early recognition and control; and
WHEREAS, these diseases can cause severe illness and death in children and adults who would otherwise be healthy; and
WHEREAS, ticks and mosquitoes are a natural part of our environment and cannot be eradicated, and residents should take protective measures during seasons of high mosquito and tick activity because prevention is the most efficient, environmentally safe and cost-effective method to reduce the risk of disease; and
WHEREAS, since these diseases can be difficult to diagnose and may resemble other infectious and noninfectious diseases, North Carolinians need to know the disease symptoms and risks so that those who are possibly infected know to seek medical advice, as these diseases are best treated early when therapy is most effective; and
WHEREAS, North Carolina’s state health officials acknowledge the importance of increasing public awareness of tick and mosquito-borne diseases and their prevention, and encourages opportunities for community residents and health care providers to learn more about the threat, medical implications and prevention of these diseases;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 2014, as “TICK AND MOSQUITO AWARENESS MONTH” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twenty-fourth day of March in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.