Scary Health News: CDC Warns of Worst Summer Tick Infestation

Beware, for the summer tick season is upon us, and according to authorities, is expected to surpass all other years. This infestation has made scary health news and is the result of several concurrent factors. Read on for more creepy-crawly information.

The Center For Disease Control has issued scary health news for this summer

It’s not clear how humanity has incurred the wrath of Mother Nature, but The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that this coming summer will mark the biggest black-legged tick-infestation ever recorded. May and July are the two most active months for these ticks and they are known to survive for up to two to three years.

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Scary Health News: CDC Warns of Worst Summer Tick Infestation
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What has caused this very scary health news situation?

A combination of very upsetting circumstances; namely, a surge in white-footed mice populations (carriers of Lyme Disease) and warmer winters, have allowed ticks to survive longer than usual, permitting the exacerbation of diseases such as: anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, the Powassan virus, and babesiosis to permeate heretofore unaffected regions of the United States.

The CDC advises education about ticks to deal with this scary health news

Health professionals are advising those who live in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest regions particularly, to learn about the many misconceptions concerning ticks and how to avoid getting bitten. According to Theodore G. Andreadis, Director of the Connecticut Agricultural Station Experiment in New Haven, this year has marked an unusually high collection of samples, which have unfortunately tested positive as organisms causing serious diseases. In his own very concerning words: “With the mild winter, we had ticks being brought into our lab for testing as early as February, and the numbers we’re seeing in our laboratory are at least tenfold higher than we’ve seen in recent years.”

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