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Tick borne disease on the rise

August 27th, 2015

Tick borne disease on the rise

300,000 human illnesses per year in the United States are caused by tick borne diseases, costing nearly $1.3 billion each year. Recently a statement was released calling for a new strategy to invest in an approach to stop this prevalent epidemic of tick borne disease.

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) believes there is a disconnect of informational flow between the general public and scientists who study ticks. The ESA’s statement requests a strategy to have a uniform approach to the learning curve citing there are unique capabilities available to help prevent human disease. For instance, Lyme disease is only one of the tick borne diseases that can cause severe human illness. Bourbon virus, Heartland virus and new strains of Lyme disease all currently have no vaccine.

The ESA is requesting a greater financial investment in the hopes that it can better train professional entomologist and citizen-scientists to be able to notice and monitor these new strains of disease. They believe that this training could cause a reduction of nearly $3 billion in costs to the livestock industry each year.

The ESA also states that this training, a more research based focus and ecological understanding as well as implementing partnerships with those who can catalog and analyze the data, will cure our tick problem.

Diseases from ticks can be very serious. For more information please click here

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