CDC Warns of Potentially Bad Tick Season

Leslie Hanson
May 18, 2018

UTICA, NY- An abundance of ticks carrying the bacteria that causes Lyme disease are expected to be in and around the Central New York region throughout the summer.

While health officials have not found anyone infected with Borrelia Miyamotoi, a recent study did find some residents tested positive for Miyamotoi.

They also suggested checking for ticks when you come in from outside.

"You treat it with the same as for Lyme", Dr. Richard Rusk, medical manager of communicable diseases at Manitoba Public Health, told CTV Manitoba. The CDC says that Lyme Disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, including fever, rash and chills.

Making sure your pet has regular Lyme disease vaccinations is key in preventing Lyme disease.

Preliminary 2017 case counts show 254 cases of Lyme disease were reported to IDPH previous year, as well as 24 cases of ehrlichiosis/anaplasmosis and 17 cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - all increases over 2016. "We mentioned Powassan as well, but the risk on that is substantially lower".

May kicked off what is known as tick season, and here in Pennsylvania the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say tick-borne illnesses are drastically increasing.

A sign warning of ticks in the area at Rouge Park
A sign warning of ticks in the area at Rouge Park

As for Beresford, he said while this is the new reality, we shouldn't allow ticks to deter us from enjoying the outdoors.

"If you can prevent this or know what to do if you are bit by a tick and get the proper treatment, you're saving yourself a lifetime", said Le Page.

Awareness is also crucial for treating these diseases.

"They can be tested but the physician has to be thinking 'could this be something else beyond the ones that we normally get?'" They are often found in bushy or wooded areas with lots of leaves on the ground or where there are tall grasses. Those heading into the woods should apply tick repellent as well.

The best way to remove an embedded tick is by grasping its body with fine-tipped tweezers, as close to the skin as possible, and pulling gently upwards without jerking or twisting, to make sure the mouthparts are not left behind in the skin.

Early symptoms of Lyme disease usually occur within one to two weeks after a tick bite, but can occur as soon as three days or as long as a month after a bite.

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