Tuck in Your Socks, Lone Star Ticks Are Here
Richard Johnson

Lone star tick nymphs and adults are spreading and increasing in numbers, data from the MV Tick Programs 2018 yard surveys shows.

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After Tularemia Death, Experts Stress Education

With tick-borne diseases a growing matter of public health concern on the Vineyard, education and prevention are more important than ever, a leading expert said.

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Apparent Case of Tularemia Sparks Discussion

The recent death of a seasonal resident with an apparent case of tularemia has sparked renewed discussion about tick-borne illnesses.

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Tick Fair at Agricultural Hall

Dukes County and the Island boards of health are sponsoring a Martha’s Vineyard Tick Fair on Saturday, July 28.

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New Maps Document Spread of Ticks
Landry Harlan

Maps prepared by cartographer Chris Seidel document the spread of deer ticks, dog ticks and lone star ticks.

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Tick-Borne Illness Prevention Project Makes Headway
Landry Harlan

The county will take over the tick-borne illness prevention program led by Island biologist Richard Johnson.

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Island Tularemia Case Confirmed
Chris Burrell

A four-year-old boy from Newton is this year's first confirmed case of tularemia on the Vineyard, but state and Island health officials stopped far short of sounding an alarm this week over a new outbreak of the rare bacterial infection.

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Tularemia Forum Held
Chris Burrell

Tissue samples taken last September from a Chilmark skunk and a Katama rat tested positive for tularemia, the rare disease that infected 15 people on the Island last year, killing one man who did not seek medical attention in time.

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Cases of Tularemia Show Sharp Decline After Precautions
Chris Burrell

State health advisories warning people to wear dust masks when mowing the lawn or cutting brush may have put a dent in this summer's total for cases of tularemia, the rare disease that has an unexplained foothold on the Vineyard.

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Tick Expert Doubts Tularemia Theories; Suspicion Shifts to Rats — Not Rabbits
Chris Burrell

Are rabbits really to blame for last summer's outbreak of tularemia and for what could be a repeat performance this year?

Sam Telford, a parasitologist from Harvard University and the newest member of a team sent here to investigate why such a rare disease has taken hold on the Vineyard, doesn't think so. What's more, Mr. Telford is just as skeptical about the prevailing theory that most victims breathed in air particles contaminated with the tularemia bacteria.

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