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A New York Senator Is Demanding That Action Be Taken Against The Growing Tick Threat

Filed under: Tick — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 2:59 pm November 2, 2017

A New York Senator Is Demanding That Action Be Taken Against The Growing Tick Threattick control

Many people are aware of the relatively large tick population in the northeastern United States. Ticks have always been a problem for citizens living in this region of the US. This region sees more cases of tick-related diseases than any other region in the country. Illnesses such as lyme disease and even the deadly Powassan virus have been on the rise in the northeastern United States in recent years. Tick borne diseases are especially problematic in New York City, New Jersey and surrounding areas due to the high populations in these cities. New York City is the most heavily populated city in the country with well over eight million residents. Although ticks are not much of a problem within the city, they are a problem in nearby rural areas. The increase in tick-borne diseases is causing many residents to become concerned. State senator Kemp Hannon has claimed that the tick population is exploding. Hannon is demanding that the health department take more action to fight the spread of tick-borne diseases and the rising tick population.

The rare Powassan virus has recently infected a fourth victim this year in Dutchess County. Senator Hannon and other politicians in the region are stressing the necessity and importance of funding field studies and research into tick activity and tick-borne diseases. Senator Hannon has specifically mentioned the Department of Health as needing to develop an action plan for managing the spread of tick-borne diseases. Senator Hannon has said that the Department of Health needs to manage tick-borne diseases in the same way that they successfully managed the West Nile virus.

Hannon has specifically cited problems with testing individuals for tick-borne diseases. He believes that the current screening methods yield unreliable results, and sometimes tick related illnesses are misdiagnosed. According to Hannon, these testing inadequacies must be solved and the Health Department needs to develop a protocol for doctors to follow when screening patients for tick related illnesses. In addition to that, Hannon has stressed the need for greater funding for studying tick-borne diseases. At the moment, medical researchers are not even aware of the full range of symptoms that result from tick-induced infections. Learning more about the nature of tick related illnesses is a must.

Do you believe that research into tick-borne illnesses is lagging behind more cutting edge research involving mosquito-borne illnesses?