A report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the carpet beetles were responsible for the largest human infection outbreak in US history, which could lead to more than 500,000 cases.
The report also said that, unlike other major pandemic outbreaks, the new outbreak was triggered by an airborne agent and not by any previously unknown strain of the parasite.
While the study did not pinpoint exactly when the carpet bug outbreaks occurred, it did show that the new strain was transmitted by people with close contact with infected people, which was a first for the disease.
The researchers identified the new carpet beetle strain by testing fecal samples from people who had been hospitalized, who had not reported previously having a rash, or who had symptoms of the infection, and who were at least 4 years old.
The CDC report found that, on average, people infected with the new type of carpet beetle have a 2 percent chance of contracting the infection after contact with an infected person.
That means that, over a 10-year period, the chance of being infected with this new carpet bug strain increases to about 1 in 9,000.
In other words, people who were close to someone infected with a carpet bug outbreak have a 1 in 10 chance of becoming infected with it.
That is far higher than the risk of being diagnosed with other common colds like the flu, nor the risk for catching a common cold.CDC researchers also found that people infected were most likely to be younger than 18 years old, and those who had recently had close contact had the highest risk of becoming sick.
The findings suggest that people who have close contact, or have previously had contact with a person infected with carpet beetles, are at higher risk for developing symptoms of carpet beetles.
The number of carpet bug infections in the United States has jumped more than 4,000 percent in the past decade, with an estimated 1.1 million cases reported last year.
The virus has been responsible for an estimated 12,000 deaths and a staggering $60 billion in damages.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Control (CDC)’s report is just the latest in a long line of scientific studies showing the health impacts of the disease and the importance of testing and monitoring for carpet bugs.
The study also said, however, that carpet bugs are not a threat to humans and that other airborne viruses like coronavirus and pneumonic plague are much more contagious.
The United States is one of only four countries in the world that do not have the CDC’s coronaviruses vaccine.
But the CDC does recommend that the vaccine be given to those at high risk for infection, such as people with certain allergies, people with a weakened immune system, and people with chronic health conditions.