Here we are, deep in the heart of spring 2019. Weather is starting to dry out in the Northeast (fingers cross) and hopefully the big storms covering the middle of the country are behind us… Bottom line, folks are starting to head outside in droves, and looking to enjoy the spring after coming out of winter. So with folks heading outside, ticks are starting to hit the news big-time, including a new tick borne virus confirmed out of China.

So here goes – a short recap of some of the bigger tick stories from the past week:

A New Segmented Virus Associated with Human Febrile Illness in China via The New England Journal of Medicine

The Great American Tick Invasion via Consumer Reports

DC area enters ‘peak time’ for ticks: Here’s how to stay bug-free outdoors via WTOP

Tick bites Bullitt County 2-year-old, leaving him unconscious for nearly a week via WLKY

The tick population is booming. Is climate change to blame? And will tick-borne diseases increase? via the Washington Post

For the Technologist in your home…

Encountering backyard bloodsuckers? The Tick App tracks that via The Cap Times

Lots to digest… Stay stafe and a minimum be sure to follow the suggestions we shared in our recent post Tick Season is Upon Us.

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