• Analyses Of Local Ticks Show Two Emerging Pathogens

    One recent morning at Bridgeport’s Seaside Park, US Senator Richard Blumenthal joined Connecticut State Epidemiologist Matthew Cartter, MD, MPH, advocates and patients in calling for additional federal funding for Lyme research to develop better tools for diagnosis and reporting of the disease.

    At the event, experts shared the latest statistics on Lyme prevalence in Connecticut.

  • Spring Has Sprung, Ticks Are Here

    Winter formally ended a few weeks ago, but the weather has not yet fully warmed up. Regardless, Donna Culbert, the director of heath at the Newtown Health District, knows what that means: it’s tick season.

    This weekend’s weather is predicted to be beautiful and many, many people will be outside enjoying the weather, working in their yards, hiking on trails, and just soaking it in.

    And the ticks will be out too.

  • Wet Winter, Warming Wave Spurring Local Tick Swarms

    Dozens of Newtown residents have turned to social media in recent days hailing the long-awaited arrival of springlike weather. But local resident, radio personality, and DJ Kirk Michaels made note of another harbinger of spring in a Facebook post April 21.

    Mr Michaels noted that both his two dogs, along with his wife and he have all been pulling an inordinately large number of ticks off themselves.

    “So far, we’ve removed ten ticks within the last two weeks,” he stated.

  • Tick Season Returns With Spring

    If 2013 runs true to form, another 2,000-plus Connecticut residents will be diagnosed with Lyme disease, adding their names to tens of thousands of other state residents who have contracted the disease over the past decade.

  • Health Director: Fresh Crop Of Tick Bite Victims

    Standing outside the local referendum voting place April 23 promoting the BLAST program to help protect residents from tick bites and the possible association with tickborne illnesses, Health District Director Donna Culbert was approached by several residents who had already been bitten by ticks this year.