Warm spring brings ticks out early across Minnesota

Posted May 20, 2017

She said determining whether someone has Lyme disease is based on a clinical diagnosis, one that takes into account the totality of patients' symptoms and their medical history. "We would like to thank Senator Ritchie for recognizing how big of an issue Lyme disease has become in St. Lawrence County, and for providing our students and families with this important information, which will help them to stay safe as they enjoy the outdoors in the months to come". While the problem has historically been concentrated on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley, Department of Health reports have confirmed that it is quickly migrating to other counties across NY. In 2016 there were eight cases, four confirmed, of Lyme disease in the county as documented in Indiana National Electronic Disease Surveillance System.

Only a couple of cases were seen each year from the 1950s to the early 2000s, when reports of cases in Canada and the U.S. started to rise.

The Senate also approved a resolution that designates May 2017 as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in NY. Little is a member of the Senate's Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases. Other symptoms include fevers, headaches and joint or muscle pain. Another tell-tale sign is a rash commonly called a bullseye rash.

Luccia was bit in the head by a tick in kindergarten in 2013, but the tick was not properly removed.

Left untreated, Lyme can result in neurological disorders, problems with short-term memory, episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath, or heart palpitations. If Lyme affects the kidneys, it is rarely cured and nearly always results in death of the dog.

The West Milford Health Department, in conjunction with Chilton Medical Center, will be having a Lyme disease and Tick borne diseases panel on Thursday, June 8.Not only can a bite from a tick transmit Lyme disease but ticks carry other diseases as well. The diseases are rarely fatal and can be treated with antibiotics. Currently, health insurance companies are not required to cover long-term treatment from chronic Lyme or other related diseases. "More people in Pennsylvania had Zika past year than this". Though no one can say how many infections will occur this year, warmer winters have led to an increased tick population, so experts predict rising tick-borne infections of many types.

Data released earlier this year suggests that 2017 could be a high-risk year for Lyme disease in the Northeast because of warmer winters. Both are carriers of ticks. The bill requires the State Health Care Quality and Cost Containment Commission to meet annually and to submit a report on the impact of providing insurance coverage for Lyme and tick-borne disease.

"Be your own advocate", she warns after her own experience with Lyme disease.