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Coming This Summer: More Ticks and a Deadly New Tick-Borne Disease

Posted 11 May 2017 by

THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 – Scientists have a double-shot of bad news about ticks: There's a new, and potentially fatal, tick-borne illness called Powassan, and this summer looks like it might be one of the worst on record for an increase in the tick population. "Tick-borne diseases are on the rise, and prevention should be on everyone's mind, particularly during the spring and summer, and early fall when ticks are most active," said Rebecca Eisen. She is a research biologist in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of vector-borne diseases. Laura Goodman, a senior research associate in population medicine and diagnostic sciences at Cornell University, concurred. "It's going to be a bad season," she said. Approximately 75 cases of Powassan disease were reported in the United States over the past 10 years. Most cases have occurred in the Northeast and Great Lakes ... Read more

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7 Ways to Give Ticks the Slip

Posted 22 May 2016 by

SUNDAY, May 22, 2016 – While only a few tick species infect people with diseases, the rising popularity of many outdoor activities and the spread of residential developments has upped the odds that one of those creepy parasites might latch on to you. "Luckily, ticks don't fly, jump or fall from the sky," vector-borne disease expert Stephen Wikel said. He's a professor emeritus of medical sciences at Quinnipiac University's Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine, in North Haven, Conn. "They generally move from grass to a living host, and crawl upwards, looking for a warm, moist area to feed. Ticks also have incredible anti-detection defenses. For example, their saliva is loaded with antihistamines, anticoagulants and other inhibitors that prevent wound healing, and dampen pain and itch responses; unfed nymphs are so small, they can be mistaken for freckles," he said. So, how can you ... Read more

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Migrating Birds May Bring Exotic Ticks to U.S.

Posted 2 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 – Ticks can travel from Central and South America to the United States by hitching rides on migratory birds, a new study reveals. Some of these ticks may be carrying infectious diseases with them, the researchers said. However, there is no evidence that any ticks from these regions have established permanent populations in the United States, according to the study published in the Oct. 2 issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Researchers examined thousands of migratory birds immediately after they arrived in the United States from Central or South America. The investigators found that 3 percent of the birds carried so-called neotropical ticks. Each spring, billions of migratory birds arrive from countries further south, the researchers estimated. These birds likely bring more than 19 million neotropical ticks to the United States, the study authors ... Read more

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Watch Out for Disease-Carrying Insects This Summer

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by

SUNDAY, July 5, 2015 – People who spend lots of time outdoors in the summer need to be careful about insect bites, an expert says. Certain insects, such as ticks and mosquitoes, may be carriers of disease, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, said Dr. George Ruggiero, chief of family medicine and director of medical education at Peconic Bay Medical Center in New York. Anyone who develops headache, fever, chills and aches after flu season ends should consider the possibility that they've been bitten, he said. People who develop a rash should also be seen by a doctor, he added. "A combination of education and taking the right precautions are the best ways to prevent mosquito- and tick-borne diseases," Ruggiero said in a medical center news release. "Always be cognizant of your surroundings and diligent in your self-examination in order to prevent any serious ... Read more

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Health Tip: Check for Ticks

Posted 1 Jun 2015 by

-- Regular tick checks when you come in from the outdoors can spot them before they bite. The website advises: Inspect your body for ticks any time you have been outdoors, even during winter. Check areas of the body that are warm, dark and moist, in particular behind the ears, hair, underarms, behind the knees, groin and elbows. Check pets for ticks, as well. Reduce the risk of tick bites by wearing long, lightly-colored clothing, with pants tucked into socks. Keep long hair tied or braided back. Read more

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