Четверг, 14 Декабря, 2017

Early Spring Brings Out Ticks in Minnesota

Source ArboNET Arboviral Diseases Branch Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Source ArboNET Arboviral Diseases Branch Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ben Pena | 19 Мая, 2017, 07:02

"I wish that I had been more aware of Lyme disease", Lively said.

If you are bitten by a tick, watch for symptoms for up to 30 days, and if they develop, call your health care provider. "Lyme disease, but then also anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Powassan virus, a species of ehrlichiosis".

Although the ticks are out early, Schiffman says it appears that numbers are around normal.

"The American dog tick is the most common tick we are seeing still in Lambton County and it's not an efficient transmitter of Lyme disease, but we have seen about a dozen blacklegged ticks submitted to us so far this year", says Lucas. Still, she says, infections are generally increasing every year.

"If you look at them over time, the trend is definitely on an upward trajectory", Schiffman said.

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North Oaks, with its spacious lots and woods, is making a concerted effort to combat ticks after a study showed that the Twin Cities suburb was a hot spot for the insects. The city formed a "tick task force".

The expert panel will share their knowledge regarding prevention, diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment of Lyme disease and tick borne diseases.

A family is "thrilled" the Crown Estate has installed signs warning that there are ticks in Windsor Great Park.

The city encourages property owners to reduce tick habitat by removing brush or wood piles and keeping grass short, and she said the awareness campaign is having an impact.

Lucas says we should wear insect repellent containing deet, long trousers and long sleeves and checking pets and ourselves for ticks periodically.

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