ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota residents may believe this past winter was rough, but state health officials say it wasn't bad enough to kill off the deer ticks that carry Lyme...
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — With tick season here, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is hosting a public forum on how to avoid Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Public health officials in Maine say now is the time for residents to start taking precautions to avoid Lyme disease in the state.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state senator is urging her colleagues to set aside more state money for the fight against Lyme disease.
Hungry opossums could help fight against Lyme disease
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Are opossums homely? Maybe. But their fan base in Vermont and elsewhere is growing, partly because the critter is a champion at scarfing down ticks that carry Lyme disease.
Yet, North America's only marsupial (it carries its young in a pouch, like a kangaroo) is too often misunderstood, undervalued and tormented, said Heidi Conant, founder of Winooski-based nonprofit Opossum Awareness and Advocacy.
Officials: Maine sees decrease in Lyme disease cases
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine health officials say Lyme disease cases in the state dropped in 2018.
The Portland Press Herald reports the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 1,310 Lyme disease cases through Dec. 27. That's a 29 percent from 1,852 reported cases in 2017.
Hot, dry summers might be cutting into Maine Lyme cases
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Hot, dry weather over the summer appears to have contributed to a drop in cases of Lyme disease in Maine.
The state's on track to have the fewest number of Lyme disease in at least three years. There were 1,069 cases through Nov. 12. Last year saw a record-breaking 1,852 cases for the entire year.
State releases real-time data on tickborne diseases
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has released a new data tool that tracks the number of cases of tickborne diseases including Lyme disease.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says its data dashboard is updated in near real-time and will provide daily updates on the number of such diseases. The tool also tracks anaplasmosis and babesiosis (bab-EH-see-oh-sis).
The tool will provide weekly updates on the number of tick-related emergency department visits.
Minnesota woman starts support program for Lyme disease
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lisa Najarian sipped her chamomile tea in the sunny kitchen of her Grant home on a recent Monday and sighed.
"September's a bad month for me," she said.
The symptoms of the Lyme disease she has suffered for 19 years were affecting her. She acknowledged them — fatigue and brain fog — and then pushed them aside to keep talking about her project, Twin Cities Lyme Foundation, and the $148,000 raised at its first gala this month.
Hot, dry summer bringing fewer cases of Lyme disease
New England's hot summer might be helping keep the ticks that carry Lyme disease at bay.
The Northeastern states — which are some of the worst for Lyme in the U.S., posing a hazard to residents and vacationers alike — are still totaling the number of Lyme cases from the summer months, and there will likely be more in the fall. But preliminary indicators show the disease abating, and public health authorities are finding fewer deer ticks, state officials and researchers said.
Vermonter dies of rare complication of Lyme disease
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department says tests have confirmed that a resident has died of a rare complication of Lyme disease.
The state says it's the first reported death from Lyme carditis in Vermont.
Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine says while Lyme disease is increasingly common in Vermont, Lyme carditis is very rare. He says about 1 percent of all Lyme disease cases reported nationally to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experience Lyme carditis.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new project will examine ticks found in Alaska to see if they carry the pathogens that cause Lyme disease, tularemia or other illnesses.
This is the first time researchers will go out looking for ticks in Alaska parks and examine whether those ticks carry diseases, the Anchorage Daily News reported .
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Researchers at the University of Maine have been awarded more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to try to help protect forest workers from tick-borne diseases.
Working in forests is a way of life in rural Maine, where pulp and paper remain important industries. Workers in forest industries also face exposure to tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will set aside a record $1 million to boost efforts to fight Lyme disease.
Lawmakers are touting the investment as a major victory in the battle with the tick-borne disease. The state Senate's Republican leaders say the money will go toward research, education and prevention. They credit the investment to a special Senate task force set up to investigate ways the state can prevent new infections while also spurring new treatments.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are warning of unusually high numbers of disease-carrying ticks, especially ones that carry Lyme disease.
Goudarz Molaei, director of the state Agricultural Experiment Station tick testing program, tells the Hartford Courant about 40 percent of the 2,600 ticks tested so far are carrying Lyme disease.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state lawmaker in New York wants the state to put money toward efforts to develop a vaccine for Lyme Disease.
Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara announced his idea on Wednesday.
The Democratic lawmaker says New York must remain vigilant about the disease, which he calls an epidemic and a particular problem in northeastern states.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new Indiana University program that monitors disease-carrying pests has detected more deer ticks in central and southern Indiana than had previously been thought to live in those areas.
NY has new plan to control tick population
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has a new plan to control the tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will apply "eco-friendly" tick control treatments on public lands in the Southern Tier, the capital region and the Hudson Valley.
The state will also expand the use of deer feeding stations that automatically apply tick treatment to deer as they eat. The stations have already been used on Long Island and in other areas.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Bob Steenlage practices what he preaches about keeping a daily log of 10 things for which he is thankful, although some might find it odd that sometimes includes contracting shingles two years ago.
They might find just as puzzling Steenlage's gratitude for the Lyme disease that afflicted him shortly thereafter. As if on a roll, another conundrum is his ability to express gladness about being diagnosed with cancer.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Researchers say Maine's long, harsh winter appears to have little impact on the kind of ticks that carry Lyme disease.
Maine Medical Center Research Institute field biologist Charles Lubelczyk says deer ticks have emerged from a hibernation-like state amid recent warming temperatures. The ticks, which can also carry other diseases, insulate themselves under blankets of snow and leaves during the cold.
Minnesota to see hungry ticks emerge in warm weather
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An expert says the delayed spring and a week of temperatures reaching 65 degrees Fahrenheit means ticks will likely come out soon in large numbers in Minnesota.
Ticks can transmit diseases, such as Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis and babesiosis, during the feeding process, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported .
Annette Bening was taken to hospital after being bitten by a tick.
The 59-year-old actress now thinks she "overreacted" with her insistence on medical help after the arachnid sank its teeth into her while shooting 'The Seagull' but was worried about the prospect of contracting Lyme disease.
As the weather gets warmer and Connecticut residents start to spend more time outdoors, some officials in Fairfield County are warning about tick-borne diseases.
And health departments are urging residents to get educated and be vigilant ahead of May — which is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
There were 1,752 cases of Lyme disease in the state in 2016. Lyme disease, transmitted through ticks, has been an issue in Connecticut since 1975.
Canadian star Shania Twain has described Lyme disease as a "silent evil".
The last snowpiles of winter were still melting in Grand Rapids, Minn., six years ago when Craig Engwall tackled some early spring yard work around his house.
Later, when he removed his wristwatch to clean dishes, he noticed a tiny blacklegged tick still in its nymph stage. No big deal, he thought. He removed the bug and was happy he didnt ignore it or mistake it for a freckle.
While the infection we know today as Lyme disease has been around for at least a century, public awareness and confusion didn’t really come until the late 1980s. Media exposure of this infection virtually exploded, leaving the public with some basic knowledge and concern about this infection as it pertains to themselves and their dogs.
The canine experience of Lyme disease is very different from the human infection, however, both species get the disease from the deer tick.
Ticks love the weather these days. The world is a friendlier, more hospitable place for a mama tick and her 2,000 thirsty babies.
In Connecticut, and in growing areas of the United States, Europe and Canada, these blood-sucking arachnids by the billion are enjoying earlier springs and longer seasons.
Perched on a bit of brush, legs outstretched, those patiently waiting ticks carry diseases -- into our yards, to the edges of our children’s ball fields, to the nature trail and along the dog walk.
For some, the cooler temperatures of winter and spring create the perfect conditions to spend time in the great outdoors.
But before embarking on hiking expeditions and other recreational activities, officials advise taking precautions to avoid unwanted hitchhikers – namely ticks, which are most active this time of year, according to Yuba-Sutter Vector Control.
West Virginia reports increasing Lyme disease cases
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tick-borne Lyme disease has spread across West Virginia over the past six years with cases reported in 52 of the state's 55 counties, according to state health officials
Most cases are reported in the northern and eastern panhandles probably because of their proximity to the high-incidence states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources said.
Officials: Tick-borne anaplasmosis on the rise in Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says a tick-borne disease is rising in the state this year and it is a disease that is more dangerous than Lyme disease.
Ohio officials say tick-borne Lyme Disease still a threat
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health says hunters and those trekking in wooded areas should use bug spray and take other precautions even in cold weather to prevent being infected with tick-borne Lyme disease.
The state agency reports that 241 cases of Lyme disease have been reported in 60 of Ohio's 88 counties this year. The number of cases has risen steadily the last five years, with 160 reported last year after only 93 in 2013.
GREENWICH — The cooling weather and leaves falling off the trees are signs that people need to be on the lookout for ticks.
While infected ticks can transmit Lyme disease 12 months a year and spring is the most common time to find tiny, immature nymph ticks, the townof Greenwich has put out an alert warning of adult blacklegged ticks.
Health officials warn about rise in tick disease
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Ticks are active again this season and residents should take steps to prevent tick bites in what's expected to be a record year for human cases of the tick-borne disease anaplasmosis, the Vermont Department of Health said Wednesday.
Yolanda Hadid shares Lyme Disease battle in new book
Yolanda Hadid’s Lyme disease was once misdiagnosed
Yolanda Hadid was originally told her Lyme disease was chronic fatigue syndrome.
The 53-year-old television personality has revealed that although she now knows she suffers from the tick-transmitted disease - which her daughter Bella, 20, and son Anwar, 18, both suffer from - she was originally told by doctors that her lethargic nature was down to the less serious chronic fatigue syndrome, in which sufferers experience extreme tiredness.
Yolanda Hadid "wanted to die" when she was diagnosed with Lyme disease.
The 53-year-old television personality has revealed she suffered so much with the neurological condition - which is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks - after her diagnoses in 2014, and says the only reason she fought through her feelings of "hopelessness" was because of her three children Gigi, 22, Bella, 20, and Anwar, 18.
Pennsylvania is experiencing a population explosion, but nobody’s dispatching the Welcome Wagon. Thick forests and the vast herds of deer that live within them throughout the Keystone State are an open invitation to the blacklegged tick, also known as the deer tick. The mild winter of 2017 has contributed to the exponential increase in deer ticks here — and the cases of Lyme disease they transmit.
Yolanda Hadid said her Lyme disease caused her marriage failure.
The 57-year-old reality TV star was diagnosed with the infectious illness - which is spread by ticks - in 2012 and has admitted the side-effects of the disease drastically changed her relationship with husband David Foster and the couple split in December 2015 with their divorce finalized this year.
NEW MILFORD — An increasingly common tick-borne disease took the life of a New Milford man this month, and health experts warn that more cases are likely as tick populations flourish in New England.
Michael Yoder died Aug. 8 of liver and kidney failure after a severe case of babesiosis, according to the state medical examiner’s office. He was 55.
Is it really Lyme? Researchers developing a new test to tell
WASHINGTON (AP) — Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or another disease can be difficult but scientists are developing a new way to do it early — using a "signature" of molecules in patients' blood.
It's still highly experimental, but initial studies suggest the novel tool just might uncover early-stage Lyme disease more accurately than today's standard test, researchers reported Wednesday. And it could tell the difference between two tick-borne diseases with nearly identical early symptoms.
Because of this year’s mild winter, the tick population is exploding in the state, the director of the Connrcticut Agriculture Experiment State said on Wednesday.
Theodore G. Andreadis, a Ph.D. entomologist who has led the New Haven-based experiment station for nearly four years, said that about 5,000 ticks have been collected this year and brought to the experiment station’s lab for testing, with about 38 percent showing the presence of the Lyme disease spirochete.
Avril Lavigne is in a "really good place" right now.
The 'Complicated' hitmaker is getting "stronger and stronger" as she battles Lyme disease and definitely has more energy than before.
The source said: "Avril is in a really good place right now. Her recovery has been going well and she's been getting stronger and stronger. She has more energy and has even been exercising."
Walker managing fatigue, builds 2-shot lead at Firestone
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The sun finally came out, and Jimmy Walker saw a glimpse of what he hopes are brighter days ahead.
In a year marked by coping with Lyme disease and bouts of fatigue, Walker endured rain delays of nearly five hours Friday and posted a 5-under 65 for a two-shot lead going into the weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational.
The timing couldn't be better for Walker, who goes to Quail Hollow next week to defend his title in the PGA Championship.
City: Spread of ticks makes prevention paramount to halt Lyme, other diseases
With tick populations surging and large numbers being tested, Stamford’s Department of Health is warning residents to exercise an ounce of prevention to avoid Lyme and other debilitating sicknesses passed on by the bugs.
The number of ticks submitted for testing for Lyme disease this year has been, “dramatic,” according to a city announcement. The majority of the submitted ticks were Ixodes scapularis, or the deer tick that transmits Lyme and other diseases to humans, the announcement said.
Ticks to go under NY legislative microscope
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two New York state senators say they want to know if the state is doing all it can to confront tick-borne illnesses.
Republicans Sue Serino and Kemp Hannon say they plan to call hearings later this summer to focus on the state's response to illnesses like Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and Powassan virus.
The senators say new cases of Lyme disease are being found throughout the state and note that a 74-year-old man died this year in Saratoga County after contracting Powassan virus.
Medical services to people suffering from Lyme disease jumped 185 percent in rural areas and 40 percent in urban areas across the country over a nine-year period, according to new research from a national nonprofit. Meanwhile, local experts said this could be one of the worst summers ever for tick-borne diseases such as Lyme.
Yolanda Hadid is determined to find a cure for Lyme disease.
The 53-year-old television personality was diagnosed with infectious disease - which is spread to humans from ticks - in 2012, and has said that for a long time she would be in so much pain she "prayed that [she] would die" from the illness.
When it comes to black-legged ticks, never let down your guard. But maybe in a week or two, relax a bit, for a bit.
In a tidal-wave year for ticks, we’re beginning an ebb that will last until the fall. As tick numbers decline, so does the chance of getting Lyme disease, or babesiosis or anaplasmosis. Or some dreadful combination of those three.