NY Senators Question State’s Efforts To Fight Tick-Borne Illnesses

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner received a grilling from state senators at a hearing this week on whether New York is doing enough to combat tick-borne illnesses. Health Commissioner Howard Zucker told the senators that this year, there are fewer deer ticks and fewer reported cases of Lyme disease in the state. But, he said, the number of Lone Star ticks is up. They can carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and even cause someone to become allergic to eating red meat. The health department also reported that they’ve found cases of the Powassan virus in ticks further upstate, this time in Saratoga County.

In The Dark Woods Of New England, Shedding Light On A Public Health Crisis

Ixodes scapularis, a blacklegged tick known to spread lyme disease in the northeastern regions of the United States. Photo by Macroscopic Solutions/flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0


Tune in for Science Friday today between 2-4pm to hear how scientists are racing the clock to learn more about the bacterium carried by the blacklegged tick. If you live in some of the more bucolic areas of New England or the upper Midwest you probably know that the price of living so close to nature is ticks carrying Lyme Disease. States like New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, Massachusetts are ground zero for a Lyme Disease epidemic that has been in full swing for several decades now. And despite the fact that tick borne disease is so familiar to people who live in these areas, most of us don’t know as much as we think we do about the nature of Lyme Disease.