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The subject is ticks and the diseases they bring.
There’s a renewed push in the U.S. Congress for legislation to strengthen the federal government’s activities on Lyme disease, endemic on Shelter Island and all over Long Island.
Whether the drive can withstand pressure from the health insurance industry — which denies the existence of chronic Lyme disease and so avoids paying for its treatment — is an issue. (more…)
When I was a boy camping with my family at Wildwood State Park in Wading River, deer ticks were unknown. As a Boy Scout involved in intensive hiking and camping all over this region, neither I nor anyone I knew was ever bitten by a deer tick.
But now Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are a huge problem for all of us. Suffolk County was a hotspot for Lyme when it first emerged in the 1970s and it still is, but it’s now just one of many hotspots across the U.S., indeed the world.
We’ve been struck by an epidemic. (more…)