08/03/18 12:00pm
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PHOTO Longhorned ticks.

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…)

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05/10/16 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Engorged ticks.

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…)

05/04/15 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Dragging for ticks at Mashomack to count the insects.

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…)

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06/02/14 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Two ticks engorged with human blood.

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…)