As the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in the United States, Lyme disease has been getting a lion’s share of the attention lately. But ticks — the U.S. has almost 100 varieties but only a few bite humans — can be hosts to nearly a dozen other diseases that can be passed on to you and […]
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By Huffington Post
April 26, 2017
I’ve seen more Lyme disease headlines over the past couple of months than ever before. It’s a good thing and a terrible thing. It means that news organizations and magazines are finally paying attention to this often-devastating disease and making an effort to inform the public about it. It’s […]
Ticks are already making surprise appearances! Coming soon to your own backyard!
ctPost, March 25, 2017
Spring has barely sprung, and it’s already shaping up to be a particularly rough year for Lyme disease ticks and other tick-borne diseases.
That’s according to staff at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, who said an unusually high number of ticks were […]
Ticks are spotted in one of Italy’s most famous art galleries. The art museum was forced to call pest control for the second time in a week, after an employee was hospitalized due to a tick bite. These parasites are relatively common in northern Italy and are prevalent to cause Lyme Disease in humans. A […]
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1 an estimated 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, and the prevalence is rising.
Since national surveillance began in 1982, the number of annual Lyme cases reported has increased nearly 25-fold.2 The disease is also spreading out geographically.3
Between 1993 and 1997, 43 counties across […]
“Researchers have found the pathogens that cause Lyme disease in mosquitoes for the first time in central Europe.
Lyme disease or Lyme borreliosis is a vector-borne infectious disease caused by spirochetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato complex.
In the present study, adult as well as larval mosquitoes were collected at 42 different geographical locations throughout Germany.
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 ALEXANDRA ZISSU
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]