Lyme and Vector Borne diseases featured on NPR Spot Today

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borrelioburgdorferii
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   Posted 5/3/2018 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Was randomly listening to terrestrial radio while I try to get some Spring time chores done, and coincidentally heard this:

National Public Radio (NPR in America) did a spot today on tick-borne and vector diseases. They interviewed and took calls from: a ecology scientist from Bard, a Johns Hopkins director and a CDC representative who talks about his own mosquito-borne West Nile sickness (which he calls the worst of his life), he mentioned his neighbor who also got sick.

They talked about the ecology of mice, birds, deer, etc.

One gentleman did briefly mention chronic lyme as only affecting "10 to 20 percent" and still insisted on calling it PTLDS. Still running over the same old ground here, folks. I think it's more than that and I don't think you can completely shed this organism.

Not much new information to me, something about triple the outbreaks since 2004 and they did seem to mention not only ticks but mosquitoes and fleas too. Awareness is growing, they mention climate change and warmer weather and the difficulty of mitigating tick populations.

I think it was a re-broadcast of this: but I'm not sure. Interesting anyway.

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/03/06/518219485/forbidding-forecast-for-lyme-disease-in-the-northeast

sry: not the same article

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/p0501-vs-vector-borne.html

edit: here is the article that shows the vector borne outbreaks tripled from 2004- 2016, will make another post probably, it's a conservative estimate I would say.

Post Edited (borrelioburgdorferii) : 5/9/2018 9:42:48 PM (GMT-6)

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