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On Deck - Dr. Jerome Goddard

 

Topics we are discussing right now

1. How/why are pests and vector - born diseases important

2. Primary pest-related health issues 

3. Major dieases in pests: 

  • Mosquitos 
  • Anopheles Mosquitos - Malaria
  • Health effects in mosquitos

Mosquito diseases:

  • Malaria
  • Yellow fever - Most lethal, the American Plague in 1878
  • West Nile
  • Rift valley fever
  • Chikungunya - Africa south east asia - recently found in Italy in 2007
  • Dengue fever(break bone fever) recent out breaks in Florida

Public health Intervention
Mosquito bed netting
repellents 

 

Tick diseases

  • Bacteria
  • Protozoa
  • Virsus
  • Lyme Disease
  • Lyme Borreliosis
  • Rocky mountain spotted fever - possible death after 3 days

Flea Diseases

  • Plague(s)
  • Murine typhus

Fly Disease

  • Myiasis (Blow fly)

Kissing Bug Disease 

  • Chagas
  • Allergic reactions

Rats/Rodents

  • Allergies
  • Asthma 

Bed Bugs 

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Bloodsuckers: Protect yourself from ticks, other pests

 

By Mark Taylor

The countryside is lush and green, fish, birds and animals are active, and summer's oppressive heat and humidity haven't arrived.

But that doesn't mean all is good and pleasant out there.

Spend a day afield and there's a chance you'll come back with more than pleasant memories and photos.Tick

You may pick up a pesky hitchhiker or two.

Ticks love spring, too.

They're out there perched on their grassy lairs, just waiting to jump on the next victim, be it a mouse, a rabbit, a deer or you.

If you're lucky you'll feel the crawly critter and pick it off before it sinks its head into your flesh.

Not lucky, you'll have to pluck the blood-engorged creature off.

Really not lucky?

You could be in for medical treatment if the tick happens to be carrying Lyme disease.

They want to suck your blood

Although there are hundreds of tick species in the world and about 80 in the United States, only a dozen are of much concern in this country.

In Virginia, the Lone Star and dog ticks were, until recently, the two species that were known to attach to humans.

And while the dog tick is a known transmitter of the potentially fatal Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, that disease is rare.

Mostly, a bite was just an annoyance.

Tick awareness has risen recently as blacklegged ticks have become more common in the Commonwealth.

Also known as deer ticks, blacklegged ticks are the only known transmitter of Lyme disease, a nasty malady that can cause headaches, fatigue, fever and skin rashes. Left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to serious neurological and joint problems.

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Ticks are back -- and they're hungry

 

By David Perry, dperry@lowellsun.com

Ticks, those blood-feeding parasites, are preparing to engorge themselves for another year. The tiny pests make the most trouble in June, July and August, but they're emerging already.

And year by year, the tick population increases, threatening to spread disease and outdoors angst.

While preliminary numbers indicate there was actually a decrease in cases of Lyme disease in the state last year, the tick population is increasing, experts warn.

"The tick population is generally increasing because the population of deer herds is increasing," says Stephen Rich, a tick expert who heads the Department of Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences at UMass Amherst. "So we see more and more ticks every year."

Winter weather -- warmer, colder, dry or wet -- has little to do with it, he says.

"We're typically seeing around 4,000 cases of Lyme disease a year," says State Epidemiologist Al DeMaria of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. "We would see around 300 cases 15 years ago."

DeMaria says ticks "are spread all over the place, spread across the state."

As of April 10, preliminary DPH numbers for Massachusetts showed 3,837 reported cases of Lyme disease in 2009, compared to 3,946 cases in 2008, which, in turn, was a 10.4 percent increase over 2007.

"But we won't have final numbers for months," DeMaria says.

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Redding Pest Control - Shasta vector control district conducting tick survey

 
  • By Dylan Darling
  • Posted March 4, 2010 at 11:28 p.m.
  • Bloodsucking creatures are lurking around Shasta County, hanging on a grass blade or twig near some of the most popular trails.

    Ticks. Their name alone can make a person cringe, thinking of the unsavory chore of plucking one off his or her body or off a pet. And the little insects also can harbor disease.

    While the county is known tick country, there haven't been many surveys over the years to see how prevalent they are and what diseases they might carry.

    "We saw a gap there," said Peter Bonkrude, manager of the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District. "Overall, it was just a question mark."

    So the district is checking the 1,100-square-mile section it covers in the county for ticks, said Bonkrude, who took over as manager six months ago. Since November, a pair of district technicians have spent a day each week collecting tick samples from 20 spots around the district, which stretches from Castella to Cottonwood and French Gulch to Shingletown.

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    Summer is here..protect your Pets from Pests

     

    Source: National Pest Management Association

    Summer is the primetime for pet pests such as fleas, ticks, flies and mosquitoes. Although animals tend to view pests as merely annoyances, they can pose substantial health risks to both the pets and their owners, warns the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

    "These pests are known to transmit some potentially serious diseases like West Nile Virus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease to animals and their human family," said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. "Dogs can also contract heartworm disease through mosquito bites- an expensive illness to treat if it's not detected early."

    Another major concern is property infestation. Pet pests can breed quickly and are difficult to locate once inside the home. "Fleas and ticks typically remain on the warm-blooded host. Yet, flea eggs roll off the host and hatch in carpets, furniture and bedding," says Mannes. "The small size and mobility of these pests make them hard to eradicate without the help of a pest professional once inside the home."

    NPMA offers the following tips for pet owners this summer

    • Check your pet frequently for fleas, flea dirt and ticks, especially after the animal has been outside. Keep an eye out for excessive scratching, licking and nibbling grooming behavior in your pet.
    • Avoid walking pets in tall grass where there is a greater chance of fleas and ticks hitching a ride.
    • Eliminate sources of standing water in the yard, as these can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
    • Talk with a veterinarian about prevention and treatment options available to pets and inquire about heartworm protection.
    • Treat the animal's environment. Wash pet bedding and plush toys and vacuum carpets frequently.
    • Contact a pest professional to prevent potential or current infestations.

    To learn more about pet pests or to find a pest professional in your area visit http://www.pestworld.org/ or www.whatisipm.org.

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