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Tick discovery near Northern California beaches prompts warning about Lyme disease

After battling Lyme disease, Dana Parish thought she was protected from ticks when she moved from New York to the California coast. Now she comes again from the seashore and checks for ticks. 

“Unfortunately, I hate to break it to you, but that’s exactly what you have to do,” she stated. 

Disease-carrying ticks are turning up in areas that have been lengthy believed to be tick-free, in keeping with a study revealed within the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Researchers blanketed the comb alongside Northern California beaches and have been stunned to seek out massive numbers of ticks within the chaparral. 

Typically, wooded areas of the Northeast are the epicenter for ticks within the U.S. Scientists predict an explosion of ticks there this year due to a heat, moist winter and bigger numbers of mice they feed on. More ticks means extra tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease. 

Lyme disease circumstances have been reported in 48 states, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says almost half 1,000,000 Americans are handled for it each year. Finding ticks early is essential to avoiding Lyme disease. 

Parish was contaminated seven years in the past in New Jersey. “And within five months of that tick bite, I lost every part of who I was,” she stated. 

At one level she went into coronary heart failure. 

“I hope that this study will bring light to the fact that it is here,” Parish stated of California beach-goers being extra conscious of the presence of ticks.