Deer Ticks Lead to Lyme Disease cases on Staten Island

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The Staten Island is at risk after more and more diseases have been spread through deer ticks. According to the data from the city’s Health Department, the number of cases is on a rise. This is the sharpest rise in Lyme disease over the last years, and it is caused by the large deer population.

The Health Department investigated the erythema migrans cases in order to determine where the infection occurred. They discovered that most persons with Lyme rashes traveled to places such as New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Long Island.

Things were different on Staten Island, where most infected residents declared that they didn’t not travel. The number of Lyme cases on Staten Island rose by 127 percent from 11 cases in 2014 to 25 in 2016. “[S]ince 2015, Staten Island has had the highest incidence rate of Lyme disease in NYC, which may be due to an increasing number of locally acquired cases,” reads the report.

Deer tick-borne diseases

The number of deer tick diseases is on the rise. These diseases include anaplasmosis and babesiosis and they caused flu-like symptoms. Researchers from Columbia University already started going door to door to the properties where there is high risk of tick infections

The researchers began their field work after a brief research revealed that all of the borough’s parks were infected with the Lyme disease bacteria. Additionally, the boom of the borough’s white tail deer population is the reason why there is a rise in Lyme disease on the Island.

Researchers will do tick sweeps of the people’s backyards and they will also educate the owners on what ticks look like and how they can diminish the risks. The people living near one of the 13 Island parks in Mid-Island and South Shore areas are urged to schedule an appointment with the researchers.

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