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Ticks-2022-New Ticks & New Diseases-Have a Defense?

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Ticks-2022 Season is about upon us! New Ticks & New Diseases.

Ticks are on the rise worldwide at alarming rates. The numbers of ticks are increasing, tick-borne diseases are on the rise, ticks are being found in new and far reaching regions, and new species of ticks keep being discovered!

One line of thought is that global warming may be a contributing factor to the pandemic (as if one pandemic at a time wasn’t enough!) rise of ticks.

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As reported by the CDC: From 2004 through 2016 A total of 642,602 cases of disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea were reported in the U.S.

The number of reported tickborne diseases more than doubled in 13 years and accounted for more than 60 percent of all reported mosquito-borne, tick-borne, and flea-borne disease cases. Diseases from ticks vary from region to region across the U.S. and those regions are expanding.

50 states have now had residents test positive for Lyme disease.

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Tick-Borne Diseases and Horses

Tick-Borne Diseases in Horses are on the Rise.

This years unusual weather patterns seem to have given rise to tick populations. Ticks have become a year-round concern in many parts of the U.S., and now with fall just around the corner it’s time to become especially tick savvy in order to protect our horses from tenacious tick-borne diseases. Ticks are most prevalent in spring and in fall and it seems they may have become more pervasive in fall than they were just a few short years ago.

Tick-Borne diseases are rampantly spreading throughout the US at the highest rates ever and are being found in a growing number of new regions around the country. Asian Long Horn ticks are killing livestock (and wildlife such as moose) by literally draining them of blood. Lyme Disease is being diagnosed at alarming rates. And more tick related concerns and diseases keep appearing all the time.

The tick’s reliance on blood-feeding has unfortunately allowed it to function as an effective transmitter of microscopic pathogens. There are over 900 species of ticks recognized worldwide. Different pathogens have adapted to different species of ticks. Consequently, a variety of diseases can be transmitted by ticks to mammals and birds.

Arguably the most notable of them is Lyme Disease.

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Tick Apocalypse? Lyme Disease Spreading, New Ticks In US…

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Are we having a Tick Apocalypse?

If you thought you were safe from Lyme disease because you don’t live in New England, where the tick-borne illness first appeared, think again.

Now, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia have residents who have tested positive for Lyme,

a bacterial infection that can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including joint aches, fatigue, facial palsy and neck stiffness.

This news comes from a report from the clinical laboratory Quest Diagnostics.  Quest analyzed the results of 6 million blood tests doctors had ordered to diagnose Lyme disease in their patients. The report found that Pennsylvania had the most positive cases last year: 10,001.ticks-nymph

The Pennsylvania tally, along with that of the six New England states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont – accounted for about 60 percent of the country’s Lyme disease cases.

Positive results grew by 50 percent in New England and by 78 percent in Pennsylvania from 2016 to 2017.

However, the number of positive tests spiked in some areas not traditionally linked to Lyme disease. Florida, for instance, had 501 infections, up 77 percent since 2015. California had 483 people with positive test results – a 194.5 percent increase from 2015.

** Lyme disease is now THE MOST commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States.  In 2015, IT WAS THE SIXTH most common Nationally Notifiable disease. **

And as if this wasn’t scary enough…

A new tick species has been found in Maryland. It gorges on so much blood it kills itself, and lays up to 2,000 eggs at one time.

An Asian tick capable of reproducing at remarkable speed and gorging on so much blood that it kills itself has been found in Maryland. It’s the first new species of tick to be found in the United States in 50 years, the New York Times reports.

The long-horned tick was first found on a white-tailed deer in Washington County in June and was confirmed on July 27, state health officials said.

“In order to keep livestock and pets safe,

owners are encouraged to check their animals for a high concentration of tick bites or abnormal ticks,” said the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Radebaugh.

This species of ticks are known to cling to hosts in high numbers. If too many of these ticks attach themselves to an animal, it could cause stunted growth, decreased production, major blood loss, and has the potential to spread diseases.

In Asia, the species carries a virus that is fatal for 15 percent of its victims. No human disease has yet been found in the insects discovered in the U.S.

Female long-horned ticks can lay 800 to 2,000 fertile eggs at one time without mating once it feeds on a host, the health department says. The long-horned tick — also called the bush tick — feeds on livestock, poultry, wild birds, pets, small mammals and humans.

This tick species is easily mistaken for other common ticks found in Maryland. Hard to see with the naked eye, the brown-colored tick has distinctive “horns” that can be viewed under a microscope.

Ticks are usually found in tall grasses, meadows, pastures and wooded areas.

Safely protect your livestock and pets from tick bites by using Ticks-Off.

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Ticks-Off at SuperZoo 2018 in Vegas

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TICKS-OFF will be at SuperZoo 2018 Vegas

Come visit us at booth # 2653 in the First Time Vendor Section and we are excited!!!

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SuperZoo delivers the biggest and most comprehensive educational programming in the pet industry, with over 80 seminars—more than double the sessions of other pet retail shows—led by top experts in their fields. Focus on business topics such as retail strategies and merchandising techniques, animal wellness or specialized services such as grooming and pet boarding.

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