Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Attack of the Lone Star
Being a native New Yorker, I found today's presentation about geographic prevalence of ticks especially interesting. Growing up on Long Island we are told all our lives to avoid tall grass and always check your legs after spending time in the woods. Ticks are basically an expected but accepted annoyance because people assume that they can avoid catching Lyme disease with rather simple measures. This article in the local news says that these steps will no longer be effective with a new species of tick that has migrated to New York. The new tick can sense respiration and seek out a host rather than simply come across one by chance. The ticks can also move at a much faster speed which gives it the potential to do much more damage as it spreads out across the Lyme Disease region.