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This spring and summer may be a doozy for Lyme disease, at least in parts of the Northeast.

"We're anticipating 2017 to be a particularly risky year for Lyme," says Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.

Ostfeld has been studying the debilitating tick-borne disease for more than 20 years, and has developed an early warning system based on mice. For more on that, check out the piece in our sister blog, Goats and Soda.

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Kentucky health officials say they are seeing a spike in reported cases of tick-borne illnesses this year, much of that is to do with public awareness.

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The region’s dangerously cold temperatures could bring some benefits later in the year in the form of a smaller flea and tick population.  But according to entomologist Doug Johnson of the University of Kentucky’s Princeton extension office, they’re resourceful animals.  He says fleas, once indoors on a human or a pet brought in from the cold, can thrive, surviving on waste or debris until they mature.  Johnson says ticks, by contrast, live mostly outdoors, and are more susceptible to cold.

Tick Season is Here

May 29, 2012
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The mild winter has resulted in an early start to tick season in Kentucky.  University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agents say the pests have been reported three to four weeks earlier than normal.