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Tick-borne diseases begin with warmer spring temperatures

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Tick-borne diseases begin with warmer spring temperatures

Spring is quickly approaching, and we're looking forward to it, but with it comes ticks. With their season becoming longer due to warmer temperatures, we need to be on the lookout both earlier and later in the year for these annoying and dangerous parasites. 

Be vigilant, check your family and animals frequently if they have been outside, and if you are bitten, contact your health provider for treatment as soon as possible.

Ticks are a big problem to people and animals in the Hudson Valley. A spike in their numbers as well as a growth in the number of cases of the diseases they carry and transmit continues to grow.

READ MORE: Protect your family from tick bites and Lyme Disease

Unfortunately, studies show that infections have increased across species of ticks, and have expanded to a greater area of the Northeast and other parts of the US where the seasons have become warmer, wetter – and longer. Places that didn’t have tick problems do now.

It's not just Lyme disease, either.

A higher number of ticks test positive for other human and animal disease pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, rickettsiae, and protozoa. Transmitted through a single bite, these cause diseases such as Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Powassan disease, and many more.

The CDC has a full list of what these arachnids carry, infecting us, our kids and our pets. Some of them cause severe, chronic, disabling and even life-threatening conditions.

What can we do?

  • First and foremost, take ticks seriously - practice personal protection behaviors to avoid bites as much as possible.

  • Promptly remove attached ticks. This is critically important to prevent infection.

  • Clean the areas around your home where ticks like to live, such as high grass, leaf and wood piles and low-hanging trees.
Stay alert, but still enjoy!

Now that you’re prepared and protected - go out and enjoy the beautiful terrain and spring air that the Hudson Valley is known for!