Wet Warm Weather Great for Ticks and Bad for People

05 July, 2018, 20:39 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Warnings go out about Lyme disease in West Sussex

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks. "But we did have some mild weather".

Though she didn't have exact numbers on what percentage of the 56 ticks from Stratford that were sent to the state for testing were positive for Lyme, Boissevain said she's not surprised to hear the statewide numbers are higher than usual.

This year, Molaei said of the more than 2,600 ticks tested, almost one in two are infected.

"We are in the midst of, unfortunately, a public health crisis", said Goudarz Molaei, a research scientist and director of the tick-testing program at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. For several years British doctors could not pinpoint what was ailing her. "Using tick repellants when hiking or camping and conducting tick checks remain the best ways to reduce the risk of contracting tick-borne disease".

Between 2000 and 2016, reported cases of Lyme disease in Arlington County fluctuated from a maximum of 34 to a minimum of two.

Although not all bites result in the disease, it is important to know how to avoid them and to take action if a tick strikes.

"We will witness new tick-borne pathogens that we haven't seen before", Molaei said.

"The environmental conditions are favorable to their increase in numbers and also their spread into new areas so we're seeing a lot more Lyme this year".



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