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2012-03-28 14:21:25

MONHEIM, Germany, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing commitment to the scientific community, Bayer Animal Health today marked their seventh year of support for the CVBD World Forum (CVBD7) in Berlin, Germany; and this year's meeting has again proven to be a landmark in the understanding of CVBDs. CVBDs present a real threat to the health of both pets and humans, with an untold toll of suffering and death worldwide. The data shared at this meeting...

2012-03-27 06:22:13

RICHMOND, Va., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For more than 250,000 Americans, the bite of a deer tick meant the start of a life changing disease. Record warm temperatures and a decrease in the food supply for the deer ticks that carry the disease mean a surge in Lyme disease cases this year, according to Lyme experts. Mosquito Squad, the country's largest tick elimination firm, (http://www.mosquitosquad.com) is on watch and has six tips to help homeowners tick-proof their yards. "There...

2012-03-22 02:21:17

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Central Garden & Pet Company recently announced the launch of the Adams(TM) Smart Shield(TM) Applicator, a breakthrough topical flea and tick control delivery device with an exclusive, patent-pending design that gets fast, effective treatment down to pet's skin, where bugs live. Adams(TM) Flea & Tick Spot On® with the Adams(TM) Smart Shield(TM) Applicator allows pet parents to provide protection for their pets with no mess or...

Fewer Acorns And Mice Leave Humans Vulnerable To Lyme Disease
2012-03-19 11:26:49

Scientists are predicting an unusually large surge of Lyme disease this summer in the northeastern U.S, thanks to a low acorn crop of all things. Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY, says that the mild winter has nothing to do with this expected surge. This prediction comes after 20 years of research and observations of acorn levels, mice population and lyme disease conducted by Dr. Ostfeld, Cary Institute forest ecologist...

2012-03-06 11:56:30

Researchers are watching as ticks that carry Lyme disease colonize Canada, but their research aims to predict the communities most likely to be hit by this sickness. "Our findings will help community groups and government agencies to alert the Canadians who may be at risk of picking up Lyme disease — those of us who like to visit the outdoors in spring and summer, when nymphal ticks are active but difficult to spot because of their size," said lead author Patrick Leighton of the...

2012-02-27 10:57:52

Squirrels and raccoons will give up food to avoid ticks Here´s a riddle: What´s the difference between a tick and a lion? The answer used to be that a tick is a parasite and the lion is a predator. But now those definitions don´t seem as secure as they once did. A tick also hunts its prey, following vapor trails of carbon dioxide, and consumes host tissues (blood is considered a tissue), so at least in terms of its interactions with other creatures, it is like a lion...

2012-02-10 11:23:00

WESTBROOK, Maine, Feb. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The online authority on ticks and tick-borne illnesses, dogsandticks.com, is now an even greater resource for pet owners. The redesigned website includes new educational tools for pet owners, such as maps showing the incidence of tick diseases across the country, a risk assessment for dogs and information on a wide range of ticks and the diseases they carry. The refreshed site also incorporates several interactive features to engage...

2012-02-02 07:46:17

Band of tick hunters gathered evidence for most extensive field study ever conducted. Given frequent over- and under-diagnosis of Lyme disease, map offers officials new tool for assessing risk and tracking disease spread A new map pinpoints well-defined areas of the Eastern United States where humans have the highest risk of contracting Lyme disease, one of the most rapidly emerging infectious diseases in North America, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As...

2012-01-10 08:00:00

The National Research Fund for Tick-Borne Diseases (NRFTD) today announced grant awards totaling $240,000 to four investigators in North America to study key aspects of Lyme disease, Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI) and human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA). The NRFTD is the nation's only non-profit organization dedicated solely to funding scientific research in the rapidly expanding field of tick-borne infections. Wilton, CT (PRWEB) January 10, 2012 The National Research Fund...

2012-01-05 11:47:21

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the United States, with the majority of cases occurring in the Northeast. It has been three decades since the agent of the disease, the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, and the ticks that vector it were identified. However, the number of Lyme disease cases have steadily increased. In a new article appearing in the forthcoming issuue of the Journal of Medical Entomology called "What Do We Need to Know About Disease Ecology...