Lyme Disease

Scientists track ticks as they move north

While Lyme disease is usually found along coastal areas-the mid-Hudson valley, Long Island, and parts of the Jersey shore-people are now reporting tick bites further and further north into the Capital region, and even some people in the Adirondacks

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Study finds one tick bite can deliver multiple infections

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A new study in New York reveals that ticks are more likely to be infected with several pathogens, not just the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The ticks for the study were collected from Dutchess County.

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Single tick bite can pack double pathogen punch

People who get bitten by a blacklegged tick have a higher-than-expected chance of being exposed to more than one pathogen at the same time.

Cary Institute to study Lyme's effect on mice

Fresh off of a study that showed mice don't die any quicker as uninfected ticks pile onto them, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is launching research that will examine how mice fare after they get Lyme disease.

Tick Trouble

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With warmer temperatures comes more ticks and more of the illnesses they carry. CNN reports on Lyme and interviews Cary's Rick Ostfeld about his research on ticks and tick-borne illnesses.

Lyme Disease: Ten things you always wanted to know about ticks...

To find out how to steer clear of Lyme disease during "picnic season" - a time when people are more likely to pick up ticks - the National Science Foundation spoke with NSF-funded disease ecologist Rick Ostfeld of the Cary Institute.

Lyme disease season approaches, but it's still too early to tell how the cold winter affected ticks

With the snow melted and the weather warming, folks are finally making their way outdoors, where, if you live anywhere in the Hudson Valley, the black-footed tick that carries Lyme disease can be found.

Tick Study

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Tick studies at Cary.

As tick infestation grows, so does Lyme disease research

Here are a few things you might not know about ticks: One, they’re not insects. They’re closer to the spider in nature, making them arachnids. Also, they don’t fly, hop, jump or fall out of trees.

Tick season is upon us

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Springtime is finally upon us again and as people head back outside to enjoy the outdoors they increase their chances of getting bit by a tick.

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Opossums - killers of ticks

At night, when you catch sight of an opossum in your car headlights, you are allowed to think, "That is one ugly little animal."

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Ticks don't harm mice, study finds, meaning Lyme threat is not decreased

When researchers at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies began a recent study, they wanted to know the answer to a simple question: What effect do ticks have on the health of mice?

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Mice give ticks a free lunch

People living in northern and central parts of the U.S. are more likely to contract Lyme disease and other tick-borne ailments when white-footed mice are abundant. Mice are effective at transferring disease-causing pathogens to feeding ticks.

Breaking the transmission cycle of Lyme disease

What if we could vaccinate the white-footed mice that account for the majority of the transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi (the cause of Lyme disease) and significantly reduce the level of tick infection?

Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System

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Dr. Ostfeld presents a compelling case on the importance of ecology in controlling Lyme disease.

Lyme disease: Freezes may reduce ticks

A 2012 study co-authored by Cary Disease Ecologist Rick Ostfeld examined the probability of tick mortality in winter conditions in Millbrook and Syracuse.

Study questions link between increases in Lyme disease and deer

We often blame white-tailed deer and the deer ticks they carry for spreading Lyme disease in the United States, especially from Minnesota to New England to Northern Virginia.

An interview with Rick Ostfeld

Initially, Rick Ostfeld’s work at the Cary Institute focused on how small mammals shape forests. Early on, he noticed a unique relationship among mice, black-legged ticks, and the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

The global search for education: Prevention - ticks

Given the 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease a year in the US reported by the CDC, it is understandable that health organizations and local governments in this country are extremely anxious to develop a broader, more effective tick-borne diseases control strategy.

More tickborne diseases other than Lyme. Maybe just don’t go outside.

Some tick-borne diseases are just becoming known and thus are often not recognized by physicians.

CDC study focuses on spraying pesticides and tick-borne diseases

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A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looks at whether spraying yards with pesticides reduces the risk of contracting a tick-borne disease.

The Lyme Wars

The New Yorker reports on the controversy surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. Columnist Michael Specter interviewed Cary disease ecologist Richard Ostfeld about the ecology of ticks and the spread of the disease.

Gibson: Lyme disease a major health problem

Richard S. Ostfeld,  a disease ecologist specializing in Lyme disease and West Nile Virus, said while "large advances have been made even with rather paltry funding," there needs to be "rapid improvements," such as better diagnostics for early-stage Lyme.

NYC forum: Silent Epidemic of Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

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Three members of Congress joined forces with a Lyme disease advocacy group to host a forum to discuss the fight against tick-borne diseases. As a panelist, Cary's Rick Ostfeld shared his research and insights.

Biodiversity impacts Lyme disease

Science is revealing just how important preserving a diverse array of plants and wildlife is to reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

Year in review: Worst summer yet for Lyme disease?

MedPage Today reviews the major medical news stories of the past year and includes disease ecologist Rick Ostfeld's warning of an increased risk of Lyme disease during the summer of 2012.

Learning From Lyme

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American Museum of Natural History documentary on Lyme disease featuring research conducted at the Cary Institute by Dr. Richard Ostfeld and his team. 

Lyme disease: Dutchess leads nation in cases

Dutchess County and four other mid-Hudson Valley counties have the nation's highest rates of Lyme disease, an illness transmitted by the bite of a tiny — and insidious — tick.

This graphic shows the parts of the country with the highest incidences of Lyme disease. Graphic courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lyme and other infectious diseases remain a concern in Dutchess County

Continued research is necessary to develop control measures to reduce the incidence of the disease. 

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Have deer gotten a false rap for Lyme disease?

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It's commonly believed that Lyme disease risk is tied to the presence of deer ticks and white-tailed deer. But this simply isn't correct.

Why you should brake for possums

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The next time you see a possum playing dead on the road, try your best to avoid hitting it. Because it turns out that possums are allies in the fight against Lyme disease.

Fox and coyote and ticks - oh, my!

Understanding the relationship between red foxes and coyotes may be another key in understanding the ecology of Lyme disease.

Understanding tick-borne diseases

Millbrook, NY – The Hudson Valley has the unfortunate distinction of being the global epicenter of tick-borne disease. And the situation is getting worse. 

Warm spring tops off a perfect storm for increased Lyme disease risk

"We expect 2012 to be the worst year for Lyme disease risk ever." 

Plentiful acorns are sign of rising Lyme disease risk

The scarcity of acorns in the fall of 2011 set up a perfect storm for human Lyme disease risk. 

Lyme Disease Surge Predicted for the Northeastern U.S.

Millbrook, NY – The northeastern U.S. should prepare for a surge in Lyme disease this spring. And we can blame fluctuations in acorns and mouse populations, not the mild winter.

Field notes: Where did all the acorns go?

Paying attention to cycles in acorn production can provide us with valuable information about the world we live in. 

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Has warming spread Lyme?

The Lower Hudson Valley has long been considered the epicenter for Lyme disease in New York state. As a result, most Dutchess County residents are well acquainted with the disease.

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Acorn glut signals Lyme risks

In our research sites at the Cary Institute and throughout the Hudson Valley, we are seeing acorn production of unprecedented proportions.

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