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Study: Lyme disease-infected ticks found in 'all kinds of habitats'

Original post made on Oct 9, 2015

A study funded by the Portola Valley-based nonprofit Bay Area Lyme Foundation found the bacteria that cause Lyme disease "in every place we looked" in this region, according to Executive Director Linda Giampa.

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Posted by Jeff Levy
a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm

This information should help to make everyone aware of how important it is to prevent tick bites. What can be done includes dressing properly and proper use of repellents such as DEET permethrin, and some of the natural products. Information about prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness, based on current scientifically-validated peer-reviewed published research can be found at Web Link.

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Posted by Think!
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 9, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Our San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District has known about this very Lyme/Ticks situation for years now and has been acting accordingly with their labs and personnel. Our towns each have a delegate who sits as a Trustee on that District Board and can be reached by phone or email. This is by no means new news.

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Posted by Kristina
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Oct 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm

And be aware that you don't have to go to a park or open space to get Lyme disease, I got it from either my home in the Flood Triangle or from walking on the streets of Lindenwood.

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Posted by Another Tip
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 10, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Be aware that even if your dog wears a "flea and tick" collar that is capable of actually killing these pests, it requires longer to kill ticks so they have time to transmit Lyme Disease to their dog-victim before they die. Therefore, contact a veterinarian and have your dog vaccinated against Lyme Disease. The collar is not as protective as you think! Examining your dog's skin daily, especially on the feet and underside where hair is thinner, is essential to getting the ticks off before they can transmit the disease.

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Posted by Ongine
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Oct 11, 2015 at 1:58 pm

I read another study that stated that ticks can become more prevalent in a drought, and more likely to attach to humans under these conditions. I've personally had more encounters with them hiking along the Arastradero Rd trails in Portola Valley, and along the Alpine Rd trails. I would be interested to hear if anyone with horses is having more trouble with them, so we can consult our vets and work together.

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Posted by Entomologist
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 12, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Be aware that only a particular species of ticks can transmit the infective agent for Lyme Disease. Most ticks cannot. And there are other even more deadly diseases that certain types of ticks can transmit so Lyme is not the only concern. Beware that you needn't go out into the woods or countryside to acquire ticks. They are delivered to your home via a load of firewood or nursery plants. Bring the firewood into your house for storage and you've done the ticks a great favor.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Oct 12, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Ongine - after several encounters with ticks in the increasing drought, we quit spending so much time at the baylands on narrow trails. Since the drought started, we've avoided hiking the hills due to tick-borne diseases and coyotes. We have dogs and know too many whose dogs have suffered from tick-borne illnesses they've acquired in the hills. My friends who ride horses locally have taken extra precautions, and so have friends in Sonoma County.

Another precaution to take for dog owners is the leptospirosis vaccine because the drought is impacting rodent behavior.

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