Fifty Percent Of Ticks In A Highly Populated County Test Positive For Lyme Bacteria
If you live in American then you are well aware of the fact that ticks cause lyme disease. This disease causes a multitude of flu-like symptoms that often last for the duration of a victim’s life. Ticks carry many diseases, but lyme disease is by far the most common. People living in the northeast region of the US are at the greatest risk for developing the disease, as the tick population is particularly dense in this area. However, not even experts could accurately predict just how prevalent lyme-carrying ticks have become in the northeast. A recent study has revealed that one particular area of New York is home to a vast amount of lyme-carrying ticks, much more than anybody had imagined. Data suggests that fifty percent of the total tick population dwelling in Onondaga County, New York carries bacteria that causes lyme disease in humans. This indicates that individuals in this area that find ticks embedded in their skin face a pretty good chance of contracting the dreaded disease. This data suggests that lyme-carrying ticks pose a greater threat to public health than previously thought.
The news concerning the higher than expected lyme-carrying tick population was announced at a meeting held by the Ticks Management Advisory Committee in Onondaga County. This news is particularly troubling given Onondaga County’s relatively high human population. The highly populated city of Syracuse is located in Onondaga County. The chair of the committee, David Skeval, admitted that the unfortunate finding is one of the most “stunning” findings ever uncovered by the committee. Professionals working in the service of the Tick Management Advisory Committee gathered the tick population data in order to determine if tick population levels were increasing or decreasing. Despite the well funded and numerous anti-tick programs that are active in the county, tick populations have increased. according to the New York State Department of Health, one hundred and twenty seven cases of lyme disease were reported in Onondaga County in 2015.
Do you think that lyme disease cases will reach epidemic levels based on the committee’s findings?