July 10th - First Fatality From Rare Disease
The woman, who was in her late 50s, died last month from #RockyMountain #spottedfever after being bitten while camping, La Crosse County public health nurse Jo Foellmi said. It’s the state’s first death from Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
LYME DISEASE UPDATE FOR CONNECTICUT
LYME DISEASE TICK NUMBERS NOW AT RECORD HIGHS
According to Theodore G. Andreadis, Director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station said Monday “We’re finding high levels of ticks infected with human pathogens”. The director of the #CAES tick testing program, Guidarz Molaei, said about 40 percent of the more than 2,600 ticks checked so far this season are carrying the Lyme disease. “This is roughly 10 percent higher than what we have typically seen over the last five years”.
THE TESTING PROGRAM IS ALSO FINDING HIGH NUMBERS OF TICKS THAT ARE ALSO CARRYING OTHER DANGEROUS DISEASES.
“Ticks are pretty much everywhere. There is virtually no wooded area in the state you can venture into that doesn’t have these ticks”. Christopher Stan, a spokesman for the state continued “In Connecticut, June and July are peak months for Lyme disease’. #CDC scientists believe nearly 300,000 people a year are now infected with Lyme Disease. Andreadis stated: “This is part of a national trend that we’re seeing here.”
LYME DISEASE IS NOT THE MOST COMMONLY REPORTED ‘VECTOR-BORNE DISEASE’ IN THE #USA
Federal experts warn that the number of people infected with diseases transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas has more than tripled in recent years. Andreadis said that the rate of Lyme disease infection in deer ticks in Connecticut between 2013 and 2017 ranged from a low of 27 percent to as high as 32 percent. He said this season’s 40 percent infection rate is “about as the highest we’ve seen.”
Connecticut’s tick experts are also worried that other tick-borne diseases may be out there that are not being tested for under this state’s existing tick program.
Andreadis said one tick-borne disease of special concern is the #PowassanVirus, which is also spread by deer ticks. Two men died on Cape Cod in 2017 from this disease. Connecticut’s first Powassan case was also recorded last year.
TAKE THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS AND SAVE YOUR FAMILY AND PETS FROM THE PERILS OF TICKS!