ticks http://wamc.org en Lawmakers Host Forum On Lyme Disease Awareness http://wamc.org/post/lawmakers-host-forum-lyme-disease-awareness <p>State lawmakers hosted a forum in Glens Falls to raise awareness of Lyme disease in upstate New York today. The forum featured presentations from experts on the disease and its transmission.</p><p></p><p>Attendees packed the auditorium at the Crandall Public Library to hear from a panel of experts on the increasing prevalence of Lyme disease in New York. Presentations covered the disease and current research on tick-borne illness, and suggestions were made about what the state and federal government could do prevent infection in humans.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 74962 at http://wamc.org Lawmakers Host Forum On Lyme Disease Awareness CDC Study Focuses on Spraying Pesticides and Tick-Borne Diseases http://wamc.org/post/cdc-study-focuses-spraying-pesticides-and-tick-borne-diseases <p>A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looks at whether spraying yards with pesticides reduces the risk of contracting a tick-borne disease. In New York, the study focused on Dutchess County.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:22:55 +0000 Allison Dunne 72011 at http://wamc.org CDC Study Focuses on Spraying Pesticides and Tick-Borne Diseases Study Finds Ticks Linked To Encephalitis In NYS http://wamc.org/post/study-finds-ticks-linked-encephalitis-nys <p>A recent study shows a link between a certain type of tick and a rare illness. The report shows the virus is on the rise in parts of the Hudson Valley and has spread to the Capital District. A disease ecologist in Dutchess County says there are more ticks carrying the virus on one side of the Hudson River versus the other.</p><p>Dr. Richard Ostfeld is a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook. He is one of the authors of a paper about ticks linked to encephalitis in New York State. Here’s why he and other scientists undertook the study.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 02:23:09 +0000 Allison Dunne 69366 at http://wamc.org Study Finds Ticks Linked To Encephalitis In NYS Report Urges Mass. Officials to Combat Lyme Disease http://wamc.org/post/report-urges-mass-officials-combat-lyme-disease <p></p><p></p><p>BOSTON (AP) — A new report is urging Massachusetts officials take more drastic steps to combat Lyme disease, from launching aggressive public education campaigns to exploring expanded crossbow hunting to cut down on the number of deer that may be carrying ticks.</p><p></p><p>The report released Thursday by a special legislative commission also said the state needs to enhance its Lyme disease surveillance methods to get a better idea of the scope of the problem.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 02:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 58831 at http://wamc.org Report Urges Mass. Officials to Combat Lyme Disease People and Pets at Greater Risk for Lyme Disease http://wamc.org/post/people-and-pets-greater-risk-lyme-disease <p>Ticks hang out in grassy, or forested humid areas waiting for their next ride and blood meal. And the tiny arachnids starting hitching rides on people and pets in full force early this year.</p><p>Dr. John Reynolds is a Pittsfield veterinarian who says that recent warm weather led to an increase in the amount of animals brought in to have ticks removed from their fur.</p><p>&nbsp;Hank Art is a professor of Biology at Williams College. He says that cold winters usually reduce the numbers in ticks, but for the past two years, nature has worked in the tick&rsquo;s favor.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:27:30 +0000 Lucas Willard 37207 at http://wamc.org People and Pets at Greater Risk for Lyme Disease