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Connecticut Gets Federal Money To Study And Fight Ticks

April 13, 2019 - 12:20 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — As tick season approaches, Connecticut has a new way to monitor the dangerous critters.

Ticks will be trapped and tested in all eight Connecticut counties to get a better understanding of which ones are the most dangerous.

For the first time, Connecticut is getting $96,000 in federal money from the Center for Disease Control in order to do this.

State agriculture experts will now be able to get new details on how common a certain species is and how widespread various tick-born illnesses are.

Some of the species that researchers might come across in Connecticut are the lone star and Asian longhorned tick.

Lime disease is the one most associated with ticks, but they can also infect several other diseasees like rocky mountain spotted fever.

Lime disease was even named after the Connecticut shoreline town.

The tick season is expected to be potentially more serious because it follows a fairly mild winter.

Lime disease cases in Connecitcut have averaged in the low thousands the past few years.