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CDC report: Black-legged tick in twice as many US counties as in '98

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease and Co-Infections' started by sarah darwins, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    Guardian report:

    source: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/18/black-legged-ticks-lyme-disease-across-us

    The actual report was published 18th January 2016 in The Journal of Medical Entomology. Authors are Rebecca J. Eisen, Lars Eisen, Charles B. Beard (all from the CDC, I think)

    Map featured in abstract (Figure 1) showing spread since '98:

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    Link to report: http://jme.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/01/15/jme.tjv237
     
  2. duncan

    duncan Senior Member

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    Twice as many counties with ixodes scapularis since 1998 - remarkable, since I'm pretty sure these researchers employ CDC Math.

    I suspect they also employ CDC Science, which might mean deciding which of those ticks is more likely to convey Lyme may be an interesting call - one that ultimately may be tied into CDC Geography.
     
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  3. Antares in NYC

    Antares in NYC Senior Member

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    Standing ovation to the CDC and IDSA for the awesome, awesome job they have done containing this epidemic.
    Please, clap harder!

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  4. Ellkaye

    Ellkaye

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    Are there sprays for the body to kill ticks?
     
  5. IreneF

    IreneF Senior Member

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    Here's a site with information on preventing tick bites:
    http://www.tickencounter.org/prevention/protect_yourself

    Repellents containing DEET are supposed to work, but perhaps not as well on ticks as well as mosquitoes. You should wear light-colored clothing and tuck your pants into your boots, keep long hair braided or tied up, and check your entire body when you get home. You can get sprays for your clothes, too.

    Stay out of tick habitat. I think this will vary depending upon where you are. Try contacting your local public health department.
     

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