Infectolab - Tick

What Time of Year Are Ticks Most Prevalent in America?

Want to keep your family safe from getting bitten by ticks? It’s important that you’re taking steps to protect them all year round. There are differences between when ticks are most active, so read on for all the info you’ll need about when ticks are the most prevalent and what you should do to prevent yourself from getting bitten.

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Do All Tick Bites Lead to Lyme Disease?

Because Lyme disease is not a widely well-known condition, it’s likely that people have a lot of questions about tick bites and contracting infections. Here’s a breakdown to help educate you about the steps you should take to protect you and your family from Lyme disease.  Continue reading “Do All Tick Bites Lead to Lyme Disease?”

Infectolab - Maine

Why Maine Is The Worst State For Lyme Disease

Although Lyme disease is a prevalent disorder all over America, and has turned up cases in every mainland state, the North East is particularly associated with Lyme – and with good reason: it’s a hotbed of deer ticks, the insects that are the sole transmitters of Lyme-inducing bacteria. The disease is becoming something of an epidemic as it’s so difficult to treat properly and diagnose, and while it was previously thought that you could only contract Lyme by visiting certain states, it’s now known that you can contract it anywhere in the U.S., making it all the more dangerous for citizens everywhere. On top of that, the “North East exclusivity” myth makes it harder for doctors in other parts of the country to diagnose Lyme, as they don’t consider it when approaching the symptoms. Despite this, there’s no smoke without fire; a recent poll put Maine as the number one worst state for Lyme disease.

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Which States Are Most At Risk for Tick Bites?

An increasing number of ticks and other vector-borne disease cases have been reported in the US in the last several years. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there were more than 640,000 cases between 2004 and 2016. Diseases from ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas actually tripled during that time period. Although mosquitoes pass on more diseases, ticks can cause conditions (such as Lyme disease) that are debilitating, difficult to diagnose, and challenging to treat. Here’s a look at which states are the most at risk for tick bites. Continue reading “Which States Are Most At Risk for Tick Bites?”