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Tick-borne disease on the rise in Vermont

13 May 2018

And while reported cases stem largely from the Northeast and upper Midwest, a 2016 study in the Journal of Medical Entomology found ticks that carry Lyme disease present in almost half of all USA counties.

"And the CDC states that you can add a zero to that number, making it closer to 3,000 unreported new cases in OH a year ago", he said.

More than 640,000 cases of diseases from infected mosquitoes, ticks and fleas were reported in the United States from 2004 to 2016, according to CDC data. "That compares to 44 probable and confirmed cases in 2010". If not treated, Lyme disease can produce severe arthritis or cause neurological or cardiac problems.

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Hence, the reasoning behind the CDC tweeting that creepy picture of a bunch of ticks sitting on top of a delicious muffin! They can range from poppy seed-sized in the nymph stage, to watermelon seed-sized in the unfed adult stage, to grape-sized when fed, Needham said. "When they sense you they'll come out".

According to the CDC, Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases and in 2016, Vermont had the second highest rate of reported Lyme disease cases in the U.S.

And remember that indoor pets are just as much at risk as outdoor pets. Wear light-colored trousers and long sleeves.

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Protect your pets with an anti-tick product recommended by a veterinarian.

Do not crush or puncture it.

Apply repellent containing DEET (20-30 percent) or Picaridin on exposed skin. Pull straight up and out with steady, even pressure. "If you find a tick attached to your body, promptly remove it. Monitor your health, and if you experience fever, rash, muscle or joint aches or other symptoms, consult with your medical provider".

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A dear tick crawls on a penny.

Tick-borne disease on the rise in Vermont