MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday signed into law a pair of bills designed to combat the spread of Lyme disease by warning visitors to state parks and other outdoor properties about the risks and making insect repellent available to buy in state parks and trails. Under one new law, the state DNR would be required to post…
The tick-borne ailment has always lurked in the background in wooded northern Wisconsin, but now it’s on the rise across the rest of the state. The state DNR theorizes that ticks are multiplying faster than their natural predators.
What may be true in one part of the country – or even one part of a county – may not be true in another. And there are signs that the most common tick-borne illness – Lyme disease – may be occurring at roughly usual levels.
Numerous products now available to aid in both keeping ticks away and tick removal.
The state had about 40 confirmed cases in 2000. By 2010, the number increased to 200 confirmed cases. And the provisional total for 2016 is nearly 350 cases.
Residents in Maine are complaining they are finding as many as 30 ticks at a time on their clothes, and public health officials in Vermont are reporting an above-average rate of emergency room visits for tick bites in the last three weeks.
It seems as though this is a bad year in the Northeast for the pesky arachnids. Actually, it seems like that every year. On top of that, national news stories are surfacing about other tick-borne diseases like Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and the Powassan Virus, which have everyone on high alert.
Although the ticks are out early, it appears that their numbers are typical for a Minnesota spring. The number of cases of tick-borne illnesses is going up, though.
Black-legged deer ticks are just terrible this spring in central Pennsylvania and now this outdoor enthusiast is paying the Lyme disease price.
The federal agency and most doctors agree that people who are treated early and appropriately usually are fine. But dealing with the disease is more difficult for a growing number of people who identify themselves as members of the Lyme community.
Experts are telling us that much of what we thought we knew about both is wrong.
Central Wisconsin outdoors enthusiasts should be aware that ticks have returned with warmer weather.
Dry weather reportedly tends to suppress the number of ticks. But a shot of moisture — along with warmer weather such as in February — can re-energize the tick world.
Experts blame a warm winter and a large population of white-footed mice, which can carry the Lyme disease bacterium and spread it to ticks.
There were less than 30 human cases of Lyme disease reported in Michigan in every year between 2000 and 2004, but the number had jumped to 90 reported cases by 2009, and by 2013, it was nearly 170 cases.