Things keep getting crazier in the airlline industry these days. I saw the headline of this news item thinking it was about "sounds" of ticks on an airplane. But no, it was grounded due to a different kind of tick. Click and read to learn more.
The rise of the spread of the deer ticks are back on the road. Over the pass year, 2005, a total of 918 Lymes disease cases were reported at the the Minnesota Department of Health. Deer ticks are also known as black-legged tick. They carry a bacteria that causes the Lyme disease, which is an illness that can cause debilitating arthritis, for example. The deer tick also carry a bacteria that causes human anaplasmosis, which is a serious illness that usually begins with a high fever. So when you are going outdoors remember to wear protective clothings, such as wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, tucking in your pant legs into your socks. Frequently check to see if there are any ticks clinging on to your clothing or skin. Try to stay away from woody areas and bushy places. Or use tick repelling spray.
I've had some too-close encounters with wood ticks lately. (None were feasting, however. Thank goodness!) And not while hiking around in brushy places, either. Some of them were right out in the open.
I wondered if this meant that Minnesota was experiencing a tick population boom? And if there was a corresponding increase in tick-borne disease?
So I asked around. David Neitzel, an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health's Acute Disease Investigation and Control Division, told me:
"This is the time of year that wood ticks are really abundant in Minnesota. They can be found in a wide variety of habitats from wooded areas to grassy areas, and sometimes very open areas (i.e., lawns). Wood ticks don't transmit disease in Minnesota, but deer ticks (also called blacklegged ticks) transmit Lyme disease and a couple other diseases. Deer ticks are only found in wooded or brushy areas.
Please check out our website and click on 'diseases and conditions' then 'Lyme disease' for more information."
Science Buzz also did a feature on ticks and tick-borne disease. We want to hear your gross tick stories!
Ick. Just thinking about it makes me feel all itchy, like one is crawling on me.