In the NY Times this morning, an editorial about diseases in addition to Lyme transmitted by deer ticks, and people in the northeast are at the highest risk of exposure.
Other syndromes transmitted by deer ticks are less common than Lyme, but also...
Student interns from Paul Smith's College and Middlebury College, with faculty from Paul Smith's College, Trudeau Institute and staff from the state Department of Health, conduct a tick collection orientation session. The session was a primer for a tick research and surveillance program planned for the Adirondacks this summer and fall. Photo by Jake Sporn
Jun 05, 2014 — The Adirondacks are expected to be New York's next battleground in the fight against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.
To gain a better understanding of how the disease will impact the park, researchers from Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake are teaming up with the state Department of Health, Paul Smith's College and Adirondack Health on a tick monitoring project.
Those involved with the pilot project say it could be the first step toward making the Adirondacks, specifically Trudeau Institute, a center for research and public outreach into one of the fastest-growing infectious diseases in the country. Go to full article
This is how small a deer tick is. Photo: André Karwath, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Jun 05, 2014 — Jody Gangloff-Kaufman is an entomologist with the state Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University. Her office is on Long Island, where the tick population and the risk of lyme disease is very high.
The Adirondacks may be the only part of the North Country where risk of the lyme disease deer ticks carry is still low. Otherwise, she says, the more deer in an area, the more deer ticks. And deer love agricultural areas, cornfields and alfalfa. She says they, and the ticks they carry, are common in the St. Lawrence and Champlain valleys, "the regions all around the mountains, really, have heavy deer populations and certainly have high incidence of lyme disease." Go to full article
Adult deer tick, Ixodes scapularis. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA
Aug 02, 2013 — A Saratoga County resident is recovering from a rare, but emerging illness transmitted by deer ticks.
County health officials tell the Albany Times Union that the deadly disease is known as Powassan. Only 15 cases have been discovered statewide over the past nine years. But the disease killed nearly a third of those infected. Most of the cases were in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties. Go to full article
Oct 20, 2006 — With the regular deer season opening up this weekend, the Jefferson County Public Health Department is urging hunters to be careful about deer ticks carrying lyme disease. Todd Moe has more. Go to full article