LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The CDC is reminding people that flea and mosquito bites could be more dangerous than you realize.

The bugs can transmit diseases through their bites.

According to new information, infections have tripled since 2004 and are spreading quickly in the U.S. Nine new germs have been discovered since 2004, including the Zika virus, which is transmitted through infected mosquitoes.

To make sure you and your family are protected, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants -- especially when mowing the lawn or out hiking in the woods.

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