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"There's an emerging tick-borne disease spreading across the US, and it has infectious disease
experts sounding the alarm. The so-called Powassan virus, which the CDC reports is related to West
Nile, is still very rare, with only about 75 cases reported in the past decade. But it is far more
worrisome than Lyme disease, in that it's transmitted much more quickly (under an hour versus 24
hours) and can be fatal-the virus can cause meningitis and brain inflammation called encephalitis.
An "important change in the ecology" of the virus is behind the emerging concern, reports the Yale
School of Public Health. Though the first reported case dates to the 1950s, it wasn't considered a
threat because it was transmitted by a tick that rarely bites humans, reports Today. Now that it's
found in deer ticks, the game has changed."

Read more: http://www.newser.com/story/242162/deadly-tick-disease-makes-lyme-look-like-childs-play.html
 

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We do a lot of camping and given Lyme's we're cautious regarding contact with wild animals and ticks. This is just another reason to use caution while camping.
 

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We do a lot of camping and given Lyme's we're cautious regarding contact with wild animals and ticks. This is just another reason to use caution while camping.
This is for anyone who is outdoors. Lyme's disease is very serious. I have seen a person who was in his mid 30's having serious health issues because of Lyme's disease. I remember the vaccination around the late 90's which didn't last.
I hope they find a vaccine that can prevent a tick borne illness.
 

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When I hunt out east I spray my close down before and after I hunt.
 

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My wife got bit by a lone star tick, last year here in Coram, and it had Lyme. The lone star tick also carriers a virus that makes pass on a meat allergy.
Lone star ticks are becoming more prevalent on eastern Long Island.

https://www.cdc.gov/stari/disease/
 

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Permethrin treatment on the grass and high risk areas seems to work. Buy the solution, do the mix in a hand pump sprayer and spray away.

On my property i fenced the perimeter to stop deer access. It should reduce deer ticks. And other small animals like rabbits etc have disappeared since i got my dog.
 

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When I bought my house upstate the fields were overgrown. I mowed the fields for years. One of the locals stopped over if I was looking to get rid of any scrap metal and old furniture. She said that when she bought her place she bought a dozen chickens for eating all the insects. She said they work great at eating ticks and keeping snakes and other vermin away the house. This tick-borne illness can be prevented. Always walk in the middle of a trail, if walking in the woods use a deet product for skin. Check clothing and skin. I would take a shower after being outside as another precaution. Ticks seem to not like soap or a wash sponge.
 

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Getting rid of the feral cats that plague Lawnguyland would go a long way to getting rid of the tick problem. the amount of songbirds and others birds that these cats kill every day...coyotes would help as well, although coyotes would also like chickens.... and piping plovers.
 

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When I bought my house upstate the fields were overgrown. I mowed the fields for years. One of the locals stopped over if I was looking to get rid of any scrap metal and old furniture. She said that when she bought her place she bought a dozen chickens for eating all the insects. She said they work great at eating ticks and keeping snakes and other vermin away the house. This tick-borne illness can be prevented. Always walk in the middle of a trail, if walking in the woods use a deet product for skin. Check clothing and skin. I would take a shower after being outside as another precaution. Ticks seem to not like soap or a wash sponge.
Neighbor picked up a rooster for such purposes. It would make the rounds on his property pecking away and roost in the same tree every night. His life cycle was short lived however as I hawk had him for dinner.
 
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