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May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, but at least one area scientist is advocating for moving the campaign to April, to get ahead of tick emergence. Meanwhile, Dutchess County — at the epicenter of the disease —  is aiming to educate the public in a different way this year.

Dr. Richard Ostfeld is a disease ecologist at the Millbrook-based Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He says if we want to get a leg up on tick-borne illness we need to become vigilant earlier in the season.

Study Says Disease-Carrying Ticks Are Emerging Earlier

Feb 18, 2015
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A new study shows that ticks carrying Lyme disease are emerging earlier and spreading into new geographic regions.

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A new study in New York reveals that ticks are more likely to be infected with several pathogens, not just the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The ticks for the study were collected from Dutchess County. 

People who are bitten by a blacklegged tick could be at higher risk of more than one infection. Felicia Keesing is a biology professor at Dutchess County-based Bard College and co-author of a new study.

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An ecological research center in the Hudson Valley has received federal funding for a study on Lyme disease.

Cary Institute Names New President

Apr 30, 2014
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A preeminent ecological research center in the Hudson Valley has a new president.

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A pedestrian bridge in New York has a new sign unveiled this week featuring real-time data about the Hudson River. Officials say the information will provide some useful facts to visitors while scientists monitor the river’s changing conditions.

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A new study shows streams and rivers up and down the East Coast are threatened by a legacy of acid rain and the impact of human activities. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with one of the study’s authors.

Dr. Gene Likens, co-discoverer of acid rain in North America some 50 years ago, says the study is the first of its kind. Researchers looked at long-term alkalinity trends in 97 streams and rivers from Florida to New Hampshire, and found alkalinity has increased.

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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.

Study Finds Ticks Linked To Encephalitis In NYS

Jul 16, 2013
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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.

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.

A new paper published by scientists in the Northeast finds that long-term studies at the local scale are needed to accurately predict and manage the effects of climate change.

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