Tick Encounters On the Rise, Could Worsen With Climate Change

Aug. 11, 2019

Deer ticks shown at the Erie County Department of Health office in Buffalo in 2017. (Mark Mulville/News file photo)
Deer ticks shown at the Erie County Department of Health office in Buffalo in 2017. 

They’re coming in greater numbers seeking to suck your blood. Tick populations are on the rise across Western New York, and experts say there are even new species emerging from faraway places as the climate changes.

With ticks, come disease.

Diagnoses of tick-borne diseases – like Lyme disease – have increased over the decade. Although Lyme cases dipped by 25 percent in Erie County in 2018 from the record-high 89 cases it logged in the previous year, county health department data shows diagnoses of the disease have quintupled since the start of the decade.

What’s driving the increases in tick reports?
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One Response to “Tick Encounters On the Rise, Could Worsen With Climate Change”

  1. Phil says:

    The fact that actual tick bites are being recorded is a necessary statistic with real value.

    But what is being totally ignored is the recording of Chronic Lyme cases in Erie County.

    The reason is that most Physicians in Erie County do not recognize Chronic Lyme and refuse to treat it.

    Unless these Physicians stop following the medieval policies of the IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America) and remember the Hippocratic Oath they took thousands in Erie County will continue to suffer.

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