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Tick Season Starts Early This Year

Lyme Ticks have emerged early this season. Protect yourself and your pets with the right products.

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By The Mercury
March 13, 2017

A mild winter and early spring in many parts of the country mean ticks and fleas are beginning to emerge, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian.

“The season for itching and scratching is here, […]

By |March 14th, 2017|Environment, Treatment|Comments Off on Tick Season Starts Early This Year

National Statistics Underestimate Lyme Disease Reality

Poughkeepsie Journal, Dec. 7, 2016:

By John Ferro

Andrew Evans remembers when Lyme disease first began to emerge in the local consciousness.

In the early 1990s, Evans served as a Dutchess County public health adviser whose job it was to investigate how many cases were afflicting county residents.

“The first year I started doing surveillance, I remember getting 600 […]

By |December 8th, 2016|Environment, Lifestyle|Comments Off on National Statistics Underestimate Lyme Disease Reality

10 Must Know Facts About Lyme Disease

Although Lyme ticks are more prominent during warmer weather, they still exist even in the colder seasons. We’re here with 10 facts that you MUST know.
Lyme disease is an infectious disease transmitted to humans from tick bites. Ticks infected with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi cause the disease and are most active from April to September, […]

By |June 29th, 2016|Environment, Treatment|Comments Off on 10 Must Know Facts About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease often overlooked in Northern California

Four summers ago, Carole Flaherty was training for a long-distance hike across the Teton Range of the Rocky Mountains. The retired landscape contractor from Healdsburg was routinely walking 25 miles a day — until strange pains stopped her in her tracks.

Fatigue, abdominal aches and a burning sensation on her right side left her bedridden on […]

By |November 20th, 2015|Environment|535 Comments

Ticks: Summer’s Unwanted Guests

By ALEXANDRA ZISSU

ORIGINAL SOURCE
AUGUST 12, 2015

At a recent dinner party in Greenwich, Conn., Topic A was not stock futures or boarding school, but something decidedly less tony: ticks.

Jill Kargman, the author, actress and creator of the Bravo show “Odd Mom Out” who was there, said the anxious conversation reflected a growing phobia of diseases borne by the […]

By |August 13th, 2015|Environment|195 Comments

Oregon residents, contact lawmakers about Lyme bill

The following call-to-action is from the Oregon Lyme Disease Network, regarding proposed Lyme-related legislation.

Oregon Lyme Disease Network— SB916

** CALL TO ACTION # 4 for the House Committee On Health Care **

INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITING YOUR REPRESENTATIVE

Feel free to copy the text between the solid lines, using it as the beginning of your letter, or you can […]

By |May 23rd, 2015|Environment|177 Comments

Predicting the Risk of Lyme Disease

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The distribution and abundance of Ixodes scapularis were studied in Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and portions of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by inspecting small mammals for ticks and by collecting questing ticks at 138 locations in state parks and natural areas. Environmental data were gathered at a local level (i.e., micro and meso levels), and a geographic information system (GIS) was used with several digitized coverages of environmental data to create a habitat profile for each site and a grid map for Wisconsin and Illinois. Results showed that the presence and abundance of I. scapularisvaried, even when the host population was adequate. Tick presence was positively associated with deciduous, dry to mesic forests and alfisol-type soils of sandy or loam-sand textures overlying sedimentary rock. Tick absence was associated with grasslands, conifer forests, wet to wet/mesic forests, acidic soils of low fertility and a clay soil texture, and Precambrian bedrock. We performed a discriminant analysis to determine environmental differences between positive and negative tick sites and derived a regression equation to examine the probability of I. scapularis presence per grid. Both analyses indicated that soil order and land cover were the dominant contributors to tick presence. We then constructed a risk map indicating suitable habitats within areas where I. scapularis is already established. The risk map also shows areas of high probability the tick will become established if introduced. Thus, this risk analysis has both explanatory power and predictive capability.

Read the full article here. […]

By |April 10th, 2015|Environment|1,088 Comments