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Treating clothing with Permethrin protects against tick bites

Insecticide-treated clothes marketed to prevent tick bites work and may help prevent tick-borne diseases, a study conducted by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed.

Ticks have crept into Canada, sowing illness and confusion

`Reported cases of tick-borne Lyme Disease in Canada have increased more than six-fold between 2009 and 2016, yet even today, it is still a struggle for a patient to get diagnosed and treated.

New, faster test for Lyme disease developed

A new method for the early detection of Lyme disease has been developed. Current tests for Lyme bacteria, close to the point of probable infection, are normally produce "false" negative results. The new method overcomes this problem.

The mystery of Bourbon virus

A new tick-borne virus has been discovered in the U.S., called Bourbon virus. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bourbon virus may have killed a previously healthy man in Kansas last year.

Tick-borne diseases put us at risk in warming world

Millbrook - Warmer spring and fall temperatures, in the Northeastern United States have influenced the earlier emergence of the black-legged tick, a carrier of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, while other species have expanded their geographical range.

Tackling tropical tick disease by stopping cell hopping

Researchers have determined how a sometimes deadly tropical parasite, transmitted by ticks, turns healthy cells into cancer-like invasive cells. It is hoped that the new understanding will pave the way for a treatment.

Discoverer of Lyme disease dies

Willy Burgdorfer, the scientific entomologist who first identified the bacteria that cause Lyme disease has died at the age of 89. The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever case in the U.K.

London - There has been a laboratory-confirmed case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF )in a U.K. traveler who was bitten by a tick while on holiday in Bulgaria.

Blacklegged tick carries many pathogens

Those unfortunate enough to be bitten by a blacklegged tick have a higher-than-expected chance of being exposed to more than one pathogen at the same time.

New ‘Heartland’ disease emerges in U.S. Midwest

A rare viral infection has emerged in the central U.S. The virus causes fever, a drop in the blood’s infection-fighting white cells and a reduction in the blood’s clot-making platelets.

Plumbing problem surprise: A moose in the well

Over the weekend, a Hartland, Conn., family’s tap water stopped flowing, so on Monday they called a plumber. When he went out to check their well, he discovered the problem: a moose was trapped inside.

Lyme disease immunity is possible

Philadelphia - A new study shows that, once infected with a particular strain of Lyme disease-causing bacteria, people can develop immunity against that strain that can last six to nine years.

Mice and ticks: the ideal couple?

Mice are effective at transferring disease-causing pathogens to feeding ticks. This can lead to diseases being spread to people. Do the mice mind the ticks? It seems that they may help the mouse live for longer.

Mexican bees at risk

Bees in Mexico have become susceptible to parasite - the Varroa acari – which is leading to a reduction in bee populations in the country.

Ticks pose a risk to sheep populations

Tick bites are responsible for a high death rate in sheep, according to a new study. Researchers have called for new measures to be taken to reduce the incidence of ticks.

Up to 300,000 people in the U.S. contract Lyme disease each year

Estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that the number of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is around 300,000.

Tick disease risk to domestic cats

Veterinarians are warning pet owners in the U.S. of the increased risk of a disease called Bobcat fever, which is carried by ticks, and is a risk to cats.

Spring is the start of Flea & Tick season Special

With the arrival of spring comes an out-pouring of new life in various forms, especially plant and insect. As humans venture out to enjoy nature in full bloom, amid the splendor are parasite insects such as fleas and ticks.

Lyme disease on the increase in the US Special

The number of confirmed cases of the tick-borne illness Lyme disease is on the rise in the United States and around the world. An upsurge in the amount of cases have been reported in recent times. An expert on the disease discusses why there's a surge.

Blood-sucking insects kill 31 in China

At least 31 people have died in two Chinese provinces after falling ill from blood-sucking insect bites; meanwhile, health experts are still unable to identify the type of pathogen causing the deaths.

Deer attacks dog in graphic scene caught on video

Cranbrook - As man continues to encroach on the forest that has been both home and refuge to countless numbers of wildlife, vicious attacks are becoming common. In this extremely graphic video a female deer pummels a dog while defending her fawn on a city street.

Tick saliva could hold cancer cure

They may be one of the most hated insects in mother nature but they could also hold the cure for cancer, according to Brazilian scientists.

Cases of Lyme Disease on the Rise

Elmira, NY -- This is the time of the year to become more concerned with exposure to ticks. In the last 15 years, cases of Lyme Disease has doubled, and New York and Pennsylvania are at the top of the list.

Allergies, Malaria, Ticks: Threat Increases

Climate change will cause an increase in allergies, malaria and ticks.
 

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Alaska is just about the only place in North America that does not have a problem with declining moo...
Alaska is just about the only place in North America that does not have a problem with declining moose numbers, so far.
John J. Mosesso
Ticks can attack moose in droves  draining their blood and possibly killing them. (screen grab)
Ticks can attack moose in droves, draining their blood and possibly killing them. (screen grab)
National Gegraphic
Sizes of ticks common to most areas in the United States.
Sizes of ticks common to most areas in the United States.
Courtesy of the California Dept. of Public Health, SF
Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick)
Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick)
CDC - Division of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases