A rare and potentially fatal tick-borne illness is becoming increasingly prevalent throughout the Northeast, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Cases of the Neuroinvasive Powassan Virus, or POW, are few and far between but are often serious and becoming more common — both in terms of diagnosis and notoriety. Earlier this month Powassan, which can cause brain inflammation, caused a stir in Connecticut when state officials there announced the disease is starting to show up in more deer ticks in Bridgeport and Branford.
Reporter Cyndi Murray makes a sour face while biting into a lime outside the newsroom last Thursday. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)
Chances are if you don’t have Lyme disease you know someone who does.
Taking the necessary steps to prevent tick bites when you venture into the great outdoors becomes second nature here when the weather warms up. We all know the drill — wear light clothing, tuck your pants into your socks, conduct full-body checks for ticks after a day in the park, etc. Or just avoid wooded areas all together. (more…)
A female deer tick (Credit: Dan Gilrein, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County)
Chronic Lyme disease patients are now one step closer to being able to access a wider range of treatments, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month signed a new law protecting physicians who use treatment options outside federal guidelines.
As with any disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had developed guidelines for treating Lyme, but the CDC guidelines have long created dilemmas for doctors who want to help Lyme patients, since rendering treatment outside the guidelines could leave doctors liable for investigations by the New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct. (more…)
A female deer tick on a leaf. (Credit: Daniel Gilrein)
Suffolk’s planning efforts to reduce tick-borne diseases across the county officially starts Wednesday.
That’s when the newly formed tick advisory committee meets for the first time. The 12-member group, made up of health experts, environmentalists, local and county government officials and others, meets at 11 a.m. at the County Center in Riverside. (more…)
Deer feeding at one of the ‘4-poster’ tick control stations on Shelter Island. (Times/Review file photo)
Get the bug spray ready: Ticks are emerging and looking for warmblooded beings like you and me to snack on. And all too often, the critters leave behind harmful pathogens that put people at risk for illnesses like Lyme disease. (more…)