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Fordham Tick Index

The Weekend Deer Tick Index

September 17 through 19, 2021:

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Tick Index

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.

Regional Map for Tick Index including:  Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Hudson, Essex

Tick Fact of the Week

Hyalomma anatolicum is a tick that vectors many pathogens of veterinary and public health importance in Asia and Africa. Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug used by veterinarians to treat ticks on livestock that are showing resistance to standard insecticides, but this tick is now showing resistance to Ivermectin as well.  Unfortunately, some people looking to treat COVID-19 with Ivermectin also aren’t showing resistance to the drug.

For further information, contact Thomas Daniels.