Tick Prevention in Colder Months
“Tick season is finally over, right?” Well … not quite. Technically, every season is “tick season.” Contrary to popular belief, ticks don’t just disappear in the colder months. Some tick species are simply less active. Take year-round precautions to prevent tick bites and the diseases that can come with them.
Ticks in the Winter?!
Yes, unfortunately. According to the Tick Encounter Resource Center, some tick species (such as the Lone Star and American Dog ticks) are not active in the fall and winter months. But other tick species can remain active from the fall to the spring if the air temperature is above freezing. The Blacklegged (deer) tick is the most common cold-weather tick and a known carrier of disease-causing agents, such as Lyme bacteria. Around 50% of adult deer ticks carry the Lyme bacteria.
As a reminder, ticks cannot jump, run or fly. Instead, they wait patiently in grass, leaves, trees and vegetation for a host to brush up close enough for it to attach itself. From there, they then crawl to a desired point on your body. If you find a tick on your head, it crawled there from a lower point on your body.
Curious about tick activity in your area? You can find out if your area is at risk for ticks and which ticks to look out for.
To read more about how to protect yourself during fall/winter season, and learn about helpful online resources, please read the full article
Tick Species Never Before In U.S. Found At Hunterdon County Farm
A rare, exotic East Asian tick not previously known to be present in the United States was found on a Hunterdon County farm this month, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced this week. Officials are investigating if the ticks found locally are carrying pathogens that could cause a risk to human or animal health.
The tick, also known as the longhorned tick or bush tick, was tested at the United States Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory following initial identification by the Monmouth County Tick-borne Diseases Lab.
PART I: Prominent Neurologist Calls Lyme Disease ‘A Human Rights Concern’
Dr. Frid is a New York-based board-certified neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist who specializes in infection-induced autoimmune disorders. I first met Dr. Frid in Amsterdam last May, where she was speaking at the Lyme disease awareness event Something Inside So Strong. We had a chance to speak about Lyme disease there and then again at a national Lyme disease awareness event in Ottawa, Canada in June. I was struck by Dr. Frid’s patient-focused approach, and especially by her assertion that Lyme disease is “a human rights concern.”
In the following three-part interview, Dr. Frid and I discuss myriad topics associated with chronic illness and Lyme disease, beginning with the June 15 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and related news coverage...
PART II: “Lyme patients deserve same personalized approach to treatment as cancer patients”
Following is the second of a three-part interview with Dr. Elena Frid, a New York City-based neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist, autoimmune neurologist and adult & pediatric Lyme disease specialist: Facebook/Instagram @DrElenaFrid (Part one of our interview is available here.) In this installment, she discusses the potential role of underlying infections in autoimmune disease processes, concerns relating to tickborne diseases and blood donation, and the complexity that is Lyme disease overall.
Dr. Frid continues her Lyme awareness and advocacy work by speaking to CROMOS publishing; a Colombian photojournalism magazine, which is starting to educate and raise awareness of the "smart bacteria". Due to the lack of scientific literature in Spanish, we hope this article will impact other journalist in the country and bring a new perspective to physicians.
Dr. Elena Frid, a board-certified neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist who practices in New York City, is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. Her website is www.elenafridmd.com. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
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