“The single most important thing you can do whenever you’re spending time outdoors is to conduct routine tick checks on your body. It generally takes over 24-48 hours of continuous feeding for a tick to transmit a pathogen to you, so you should have plenty of time to catch it before you can become infected.”
Study in Huntington, NY in 2020 found that 70.4% of adult Black-legged Ticks found in the area carried the Pathogen that transmits Lyme Disease.
A 2020 study conducted in the Town of Huntington and published on The Suffolk County government website found that a little over 70% of adult Black-legged ticks are carrying the pathogen that transmits Lyme Disease. While that number only represents a single location in the Town of Huntington, the percentage of ticks found with the dangerous pathogen was up 16% from 2019 and 10% from 2018. While adults are much more likely to carry the pathogen, nymphal Black-legged ticks account for more cases of Lyme Disease (smaller, therefore much less likely to be detected). Although Lyme Disease is the most well known and prevalent pathogen spread by the Black legged tick, it is not the only pathogen spread. The same study found that 28% of the the Black-legged ticks sampled carried the pathogen that transmits Anaplasmosis, 22% carried the pathogen that transmits Babesiosis and 8% carried the pathogen that transmits Tick Borne Relapsing Fever.
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