May 26, 2017

Beyond Lyme: New Tick-Borne Diseases On The Rise In U.S.

For some reason, ticks flock to mice. Other animals groom the bloodsuckers off and kill them. But mice don’t. They let the critters attach and feed on their face and ears.

Ostfeld says he has seen mice with 50, 60, even 100 ticks on their face and ears. “When I first noticed this, it really grabbed my attention.”

Most of these ticks are carrying Lyme disease, Ostfeld has found. Others are carrying anaplasmosis, babesiosis or Powassan. Some ticks harbor two, three or even four pathogens at once.

Theses observations gave him an idea:<<<Read More>>>

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Coyote Now Blamed For Increased Levels of Lyme Disease

I would suppose the findings in a recent study should add another nail in the coffin of the coyote, a resilient, perpetuating varmint that spreads disease, kills far too many prey species and in many cases interrupts the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness of people.

This new study suggests that the increased presence of coyotes, reduces the populations of red fox, a smaller varmint that more readily feasts on the small mice that are the major culprits of carrying and spreading the Lyme tick.

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