It’s tick season, and we all know its vital to be more cautious when going near the countryside with ticks being associated with Lyme disease which if left untreated can infect the heart, joints and nervous system.
Due to recently warmer winters, are not dying and surviving until summer exploding numbers of ticks, mosquitos and other insects are making their way into the US.
A new species native to Asia, first discovered on sheep last year has survived winter and is back full force.
The Longhorned tick, as it is called, is now worryingly spreading across the East Coast thrives in warmer climates but has survived winter in the US.
This particular ‘exotic’ breed of ticks have been known to spread a deadly virus, severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or SFTS to make matters worse.
Experts are understandably concerned as it is currently uncertain whether the new “US-based” Longhorned ticks can carry the SFTS virus.
Symptoms of SFTS include fever, fatigue, chill, headache, nausea, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, a disease of the lymph nodes, and conjunctival congestion.
In more serious cases, it can often lead to death.
“These ticks and mosquitos are having a field day of sorts,” researcher Kayla Socarras explains.
According to the CDC, the number of people getting sick from ticks, mosquitos and fleas has tripled over the past 12 years.
Some of the ticks are now carrying new germs, causing illnesses that can leave individuals dead in just a few days.
Experts are now urging residents to take precautionary measures to protect themselves from all ticks with the summer well underway.
Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive, in a news release “The best way to protect against Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites, if you find a tick attached to your body, promptly remove it. Monitor your health, and if you experience fever, rash, muscle or joint aches or other symptoms, consult with your medical provider.”
Take a good look at the Longhorned tick below to see what it’s like:
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