Deer Culling Discussed Amid Worry Over Tick Diseases

Martha’s Vineyard may soon join a growing list of communities in New England that have taken aim at white-tailed deer to reduce tick populations.

Lone Star Ticks Spread on Island, Posing New Disease Threat

With funding for the Island’s tick-borne illness reduction initiative soon to end, health agents and others face an uphill battle in stemming the advance of lone star ticks, which have gained a foothold.

Understanding Lyme Disease

When you can go for a walk without wearing gloves, it’s time to take precautions.

More Deer Equals More Lyme Disease

There appears to be considerable confusion about ticks, the role of their different host animals and what can be reasonably be done to reduce the high incidence of Lyme disease.

Screening Begins for Babesiosis in Donated Blood

With tick-borne illness on the rise, health agencies are turning their attention to babesiosis, a disease carried by deer ticks.

Spare the Deer, Spoil the Tick Population

Our Island and neighboring areas are faced with a full-blown epidemic of these diseases. Accordingly, we need to plan and act.

In Push North, Lone Star Ticks Plant Flag on Chappy

Cape Pogue resident Donald Greenstein has been finding lone star ticks on his property for years, but never in their current numbers. Island biologist and tick expert Richard Johnson surveyed the property and said he found 30 lone star ticks with 1,000 feet.

Center for Clinical Research Completes Lyme Disease Trial

In just over half a year, the Vineyard Center for Clinical Research has completed its first trial and has begun working on three others that are aimed at improving the diagnosis of Lyme disease. The center operates out of the Vineyard Medical Care building in Vineyard Haven.

Education Key to Stop Tick-Borne Illnesses (White Clothes Help Too)

Funding will end this year for the Tick-Borne Illness Reduction Initiative, an Islandwide program that began about four years ago with a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. But Island health agents plan to continue the efforts, which include school programs and a series of educational videos.

Tick Talk

By all accounts this has not been an unusually bad year for tick-borne illnesses on the Island. The dry cool summer may have helped — not just in keeping the tick population down, but in keeping hikers and gardeners more fully covered when venturing outdoors.