The new Penn State study shows that the number of ticks that may carry Lyme disease is increasing. Since 2000, Lyme has had the highest number of disease cases in the country in Pennsylvania.
The study suggests that the number may increase. Researchers found that the crop tick, the most common carrier of Lyme disease, is now the most ticked species in the state.
Assistant Research Professor Joyce Sakamoto was part of the research team that examined 117 years of ticket samples. She said the change was due to the regeneration of forests more than a century ago.
“Recently, as we were refocusing, these species came back,” said Sakamoto.
Sakamoto said that the best way to avoid and remove ticks within 24 hours is to avoid Lyme and other diseases.
“The biggest thing you can do in advance is what you do later, and that is before you get into your car you check yourself,” Sakamoto said.
Bogus ticks can also carry other viruses, including saw fever and babesiosis.
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