Deer ticks on rise in southern Indiana, IU finds

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Hayden asked the attendees.

"I was terrified", McMullin said, referring to it as a traumatic experience. "There are other solutions that should be explored".

"The ticks always surprise us", Tsao said. Nymphs that were dormant during winter will get busy earlier in the season, from May to July depending on conditions, yielding an adult-stage population that becomes more prominent in fall and winter.

Hayden asked the attendees their thoughts on subjects ranging from spraying and mouse bait boxes to the Tick App, a mobile application created by Dr. Diuk-Wasser and Fernandez at Columbia University. "If you have returned from a high risk activity, like hiking or camping, be sure to use the dryer on all articles of clothing". To learn more about the app go to: www.thetickapp.org.

Pat Smith, a Wall, N.J. resident and president of the Lyme Disease Association (LDA) based in Ocean County, N.J., is a member of the new federal Tick-Borne Disease Working Group run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and she is a co-chair of its Disease Vectors, Surveillance and Prevention subcommittee.

These simple measures will ensure your safety and that of your family while you enjoy all that the outdoors of Simcoe and Muskoka has to offer.

"Every year there are more and more cases of tick-related diseases", she said.

"Lyme Disease is occurring everywhere and we must double down with federal support and leadership", said Rep. Chris Smith who has led the effort to bring more attention and funding for Lyme Disease patients and treatment in Congress since 1998.

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"Especially with different birds coming from up north, especially the American Robin has been shown to be a reservoir for this black-legged tick carrying Lyme disease", said Dr. Ying.

"Our furry friends are wonderful companions, but they are tick magnets!" "They attach to animals or people that come into direct contact with them", the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website notes. The infection rate has ranged between 11 percent and 29 percent during the same time period.

Anyone anxious about the bites should circle the calendar date and note where on the body the tick was removed, Fermon said.

"We need to know which diseases the ticks carry because the blood testing now being doneonly picks up one particular type of Lyme disease", said Lloyd, a founding member of the University's tick and Lyme disease research centre. These methods don't get the tick off the skin and can actually cause it to burrow deeper and release more saliva.

For this reason and to gather more detailed data, we have developed a smartphone application to collect data through simple and fast surveys with a citizen science approach: The Tick App.

Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Common places to find ticks are behind the knees, around the waist, under arms, neck and head, according to Lee Townsend, UK extension entomologist in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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