Hungry Ticks Are Out: Prevention Is Key
The real tick season has started as nymphs of both deer ticks and lone star ticks are out and will be present through July.
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Despite Some Pushback, Oak Bluffs Stays the Course on Deer Hunt Idea

Oak Bluffs selectmen Tuesday decided to stay the course after revisiting their decision to back an expanded deer hunting season on the Island.

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Selectmen in Three Towns Join the Call for Added Deer Hunt

Amid growing concern about Lyme disease, selectmen in Edgartown, Aquinnah and West Tisbury this week agreed to join the call for adding another two-week deer hunt next January.

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Oak Bluffs, Chilmark Unanimously Back Extra Deer Hunt

Selectmen in Oak Bluffs and Chilmark last night threw their full support behind a plan to add a second two-week shotgun season for deer in January next year.

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Vineyard Experts: Ticks Pose Serious Public Health Threat

The spread of disease-carrying ticks on Martha’s Vineyard is a public health crisis, a biologist and longtime Island physician said this week.

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Survey Shows Strong Support for Culling Island Deer Herd
Vineyard residents are highly concerned about ticks and tick-borne illness, according to a newly-released community survey conducted in August.
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Tuesdays in the Newsroom Resumes
Tuesdays in the Newsroom, the Gazette’s monthly discussion series, resumes Sept. 13 with a conversation about ticks and tick-borne illness.
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With Discovery of New Tick-Borne Illness, Biologists Re-emphasize Prevention

A recent survey on the Cape has revealed Powassan, a potentially fatal disease carried by deer ticks. Despite a growing list of tick-borne diseases in the region, there are no plans for tick surveillance on the Vineyard.

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Tick Discussions Around the Island
The Martha’s Vineyard Tick-Borne Illness Reduction Initiative will host a talk at the Chilmark Community Center on Tuesday, August 16.
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Genetically-Engineered Mice Explored as New Tool in Fight Against Lyme Disease

Scientists at MIT are hoping to prevent Lyme disease on the Vineyard by releasing large numbers of genetically engineered mice into the wild. The project would still be years down the road.

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