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The CDC conducted studies in 2013 to record the tick population and how it impacts Kentucky. They found that our tick population had grown over the last 10 yrs. A few reasons for the growth in tick population were due to milder winters, our winters have almost no snow , the increase of white tail deer and more areas being preserved as wildlife habitats.
Ticks can be carriers of certain diseases. Humans who are bit by a tick can suffer from many things like Lyme's, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and STARI to name a few but pets can also suffer from these diseases. Many people do not know their pets are suffering from a tick disease until its almost too late. There are certain diseases that are zoonosise. Zoonosise is when a infection can move from animals to humans. Lyme's , babiosisos, erlichiosous, and Tularemia are examples of zoonosise.
Peak months for ticks are June- October. Ticks are not born with diseases. They acquire it through feedings. Many believe that the diseases seen in Ky came from the white tail deer that were introduced to the Land Between The Lakes area. The white tail deer came from North East states where the diseases were already being seen in. Most deer ticks were seen only in the Daniel Boone National Forest but now the ticks have migrated all over Ky.
Lymes Disease is not a problem in Ky there are very few cases reported today according the Kentucky(dot)com. There are less than 100 people who have Lyme's disease today. A vaccine was developed in the 1990's but was removed from the market due to low demand.
Babesisosis is a tick borne illiness the CDC has issued a warning for in the Northeast and Upper Midwest states but there have been cases seen in Ky. This is one illness that has been seen in humans and animals. There are 2 types of ticks that are carriers. 1. Deer ticks and 2. Black Legged ticks.
The most active diseases seen in Ky:Ehrlichiosis-it can be life threatening and can be spread from animals to humans.
Ehrlichia- is an infection of the white blood cells that can affect bone marrow function.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Has been reported since 1920 and in 2000 two million people were recorded as having it. In 2010 that number jumped to six million!
STARI- transmitted by the Lone Star tick. The lone star tick can cause havoc to humans. They are finding it carries a disease that makes humans allergic to RED MEAT! More and more people are being diagnosed with the Lone Star tick bite.
|The yellow represents where the tick has been reported.|
With all those diseases out there , I am glad we are wearing the Seresto collar. Ma still checks us after every outing because we want to be safe and it always ends with a belly rub. WHO DOESN'T LOVE A BELLY RUBBING?? I love them!
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