Soaring Tick Population Could Increase the Threat of Lyme Disease
Last month, Fox News published a report about how conditions have been ideal this year for a higher than normal population of ticks in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region. A wet winter and spring have created an environment conducive for ticks and the potential spread of Borrelia burgdorferi.
Borrelia burgdorferi causes Lyme disease and humans can become infected when bitten by ticks harboring this type of bacteria. There are other diseases transmitted by ticks, but Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans (EM). If left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system.
Other diseases associated with ticks include:
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) & Other Spotted Fevers
- Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI)
- Tick-borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF)
The article reports that the Tick Encounter Resource Center, operated by the University of Rhode Island, has placed the entire Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region on a High Tick Alert Level.
One company that has been at the forefront of providing testing services to identify Borrelia burgdorferi from environmental samples is EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Only infected ticks carry the pathogen that causes Lyme disease,” said Charles Li, Ph.D., Director of PCR and DNA Analysis at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Testing for infected ticks can help identify specific areas of concern or if someone has already been bitten by a tick, it can be tested for the pathogen. At EMSL, we utilize Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) to provide quick and highly accurate results to identify Borrelia burgdorferi.”
EMSL has released an online video about tick-borne diseases and pathogens that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/teOGxDB9SCM.
To learn more about Borrelia burgdorferi or other microbial pathogens and environmental testing services, please visit www.TickTestingLab.com or www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com .
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EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality, consumer product and materials testing services and products for professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.
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