Ticks are out early this year – make sure you check yourself

The Wall Street Journal ran an article warning that ticks are out early this year – and it should be a bumper year for them!

Here’s some excerpts from the article:

Warmer temperatures are leading some experts to warn that tick activity is starting earlier than usual this year, putting more people at risk.

This is going to be a horrific season, especially for Lyme,” says Leo J. Shea III, a clinical assistant professor at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, part of New York University Langone Medical Center. He is also president of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.

Regularly checking the body for ticks can reduce exposure, because removing them quickly can prevent transmission of disease, says Kirby C. Stafford III, chief entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, or CAES, in New Haven.

Researchers say the primary reasons for the global rise of tick-borne illness include the movement of people into areas where animal hosts and tick populations are abundant, and growth in the population of animals that carry ticks, including deer, squirrels and mice.

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