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Fordham Tick Index

The Weekend Deer Tick Index

June 14 through 16, 2019:

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Tick Index

Adult deer tick

The Fordham Tick Index is an estimate of the risk of being bitten by a nymphal or adult deer tick. Both of these stages are active at this time of year, although the smaller nymph is responsible for many more cases of Lyme disease. This index measures risk relative to other times of year. For more information about preventing tick bites, controlling ticks, Lyme disease and other illnesses ticks carry, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Fordham Tick Index is provided as a weekly public service by Fordham University and is based on both current and historical data from one site in Westchester County, N.Y. It is an estimate only. Actual risk may vary geographically. Therefore, always take precautions to prevent tick bites when outdoors.

Tick Fact of the Week

Besides the Asian longhorned tick, an invasive species in the United States, the lone star tick is expanding its range in the northeast. Changing climate patterns and a wet spring are probably contributing to the spread of this tick in the region.

For background on the Tick Index, see: What We Talk About When We Talk About Ticks

For further information, contact Thomas Daniels.