Outdoors alert: It’s tick time, be careful to prevent coming down with Lyme disease – New York Upstate

The blacklegged ticks, Ixodes pacificus (depicted here), and I. scapularis, are known vectors for the zoonotic spirochetal bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the pathogen responsible for causing Lyme disease. The ticks, inoculated with the bacterium when they bite infected mice, squirrels and other small animals, subsequently pass the pathogens to their human victims when they obtain a blood meal. (Courtesy of CDC/ James Gathany; William L. Nicholson, Ph.D.)

 

All the signs are there. It’s time to be on a close lookout for Lyme Disease-carrying ticks.

Meanwhile, a new group, CNY Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance, has been formed consisting of scientists, medical professionals and those who have suffered from Lyme Disease. It’s a multi-faceted effort to raise public awareness of preventative measures that individuals can take and treatment options for those who come down with a debilitating, tick-borne illness.

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