RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PHOTO Longhorned ticks.
The clock is ticking.
As if the deer tick problem weren’t bad enough, two state departments — Health and Agriculture & Markets — are now urging New Yorkers to be on the alert for the longhorned tick, a new species that may soon make its way here.
Native to eastern Asia, the tick was recently spotted in New York for the first time in Westchester County. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Engorged ticks.
According to a newly released report by the Suffolk County Department of Health’s Tick and Vector-borne Diseases Task Force, between 2010 and 2014 the incidence of several tick-borne illnesses rose each year. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Dragging for ticks at Mashomack to count the insects.
BY JOHN RASWEILE
As a young scientist, I trained as a post-doctoral fellow with the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Long before Babesia became part of our local lexicon, I was searching for this and other causes of zoonotic diseases (i.e., those transmissible from animals to man) in the jungles and rural areas of Colombia. I therefore have a particular appreciation for the dangers posed by the current prevalence of ticks and tick-borne diseases on Long Island. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Two ticks engorged with human blood.
Those who deny the effectiveness of 4-posters and the importance of spending money to lessen the tick infestation and cull the deer herd “are not doing a public service.”
So said Dr. Vincent DiGregorio, a member of the Shelter Island Deer & Tick Committee, a medical doctor and a three-time Lyme disease sufferer. (more…)