Knowing the players is of limited usefulness unless we also know. Ostfeld, Ph. D Tick- Borne Diseases. Some people have speculated that Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses are directly related to deer numbers. The issue is complex and has been made difficult by conflicting scientific views on the subject. It's important to keep in mind how tick- borne illnesses are transmitted so that a long- term, effective strategy for dealing with these diseases can be planned. There are many kinds of ticks, which are arachnids like mites and spiders, and they have existed for thousands of years.
Avoiding Ticks and Tickborne Disease Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are a danger to people who work or play outdoors.
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Since the end of the 1. Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis. One family of ticks is called Ixodidae and includes American Dog or Wood ticks, eastern and western Black- legged ticks, Rocky Mountain and lone star ticks. Ehrlichiosis is carried by dog ticks, lone star and black- legged ticks. Ticks feed only on animal blood, which they suck out after biting an animal. They need to feed on 3 different animals in order to change from one stage of their life cycle to the next.
After being attached for a while, they spew some of the contents of their gut back into the animal. If the animal is infected with bacteria or parasites, some of them are carried into the tick along with the blood meal, remain in the tick’s gut, and may be regurgitated into the next host when the tick eats, thus spreading the infection.
In between blood meals, eggs develop into larvae, larvae develop into nymphs and nymphs develop into adults. The ticks are simply carriers of disease and do not become ill.
In the larval stage, black- legged ticks will feed on reptiles such as lizards and snakes, on birds and on other small animals. Nymphs and adults feed on larger animals, such as cattle, deer, humans, bears, horses, cats and dogs, coyotes, bobcats and foxes. American dog ticks will feed on cattle, deer, raccoons, opossum, humans and dogs. Ehrlichiosis is caused by a bacterium known as a Rickettsia and was first diagnosed in 1. Rickettsia have been recognized causing different illness patterns.
The illness can range from a mild bout with few or no symptoms to a life threatening illness which can cause serious sequelae or even death. Babesiosis is parasitic illness, commonly seen in wildlife and recently transmitted to humans. Its symptoms can range from very mild to a serious chronic, relapsing illness.
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Several other illnesses are also transmitted by ticks. Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis have all been present in wildlife for centuries. Infectious diseases in general have certain patterns of behavior in common and the incidence of each changes over time.
When an illness first enters the human population, a few cases will be identified, but over time the numbers gradually increase and the illness may reach epidemic proportions. By natural selection, as the host defense mechanisms mutate and adapt, the incidence of the illness wanes. In the middle ages, for example, the bacteria that cause the plague or black death were responsible for millions of deaths. Today plague infections still occur quite often but are generally mild, and no longer cause epidemics. Lyme disease has generated much publicity because of a rise in the number of cases, but this is most likely because humans are at this point in time very susceptible.
In the early history of the United States when the European settlers who had developed immunity to common European illnesses transmitted the illness to the native American population, the native people who had not had time to develop immunity, became seriously ill and often died. Ticks and the illnesses that they cause are not static over time or space. The type of ticks and the kind of illnesses found in a particular geographic area can change quite radically, because of climate changes, population movement, migration of birds carrying tick borne illnesses (Journal of Medical Entomology Volume 3. Issue 4 (July 2. 00.
Ticks that are normally found in one area of the country have been found recently in far distant areas, and illnesses transmitted by one kind of tick can become transmitted by another kind. The symptoms of Ehrlichiosis, for example, resemble and can be confused with those of another rickettsial tick borne illness, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, once found only in western states but now also found in the northeast.
Closely related illnesses can be carried by different species of ticks in different geographic areas, some diseases can be carried by more than one kind of tick, and ticks and bacteria can mutate. There are even a few cases where ticks that have not historically carried Lyme disease, the lone star and dog ticks, are thought to be implicated in the transmission of Lyme disease. With ongoing habitat disruption, as animals and the ticks they carry migrate, we simply cannot predict what the future holds.
It is important to consider the natural world as a whole ecosystem, rather than try to understand complex, multi- host illnesses in terms of one factor, such as deer numbers. The axiom that nature abhors a vacuum applies to biology as much as it does to physics. The fact is that if deer were to be reduced greatly in number, they would leave a niche (a vacant territory with a food source) that would be filled either by deer from surrounding areas or by other species. During the period before the void was filled, ticks would be likely to feed on other mammals, including humans and companion animals, and congregate in greater numbers on the remaining deer.
In western States, the range of elk has changed radically with human development and elk have been introduced into Eastern states. Moose are already found in Connecticut. Moose and elk, both related to deer, are only two species that might expand their range to fit a niche left by deer were one to occur. We have no way of knowing at present which ticks found in this area would prefer to feed off elk or deer, what new ticks other animals might introduce into the area, or what new illnesses might arise as a result of such a transposition, but even if none of them did, we would still have ehrlichiosis, transmitted by dog ticks, in our midst as we do at present, no matter how many deer were killed. Thirty two years ago Lyme disease was unheard of and 2.
Ehrlichiosis was unheard of in humans. We cannot predict what new diseases will be in our midst 2. Killing deer in an attempt to gain control over Lyme disease is not an effective strategy.
Not only will it not reduce Lyme disease incidence as studies have shown (Med. They are dead- end hosts for the bacterium and cannot infect another animal directly. Eliminating or drastically reducing the deer population has little or no effect on the disease, because the tick has many other suitable hosts, which include over 4. Ticks spend 9. 5% of their life in the leaf litter on the forest floor during their 2 year life cycle, and the number of ticks on the forest floor is not directly related to the number of deer in the area.
Jul; 3. 9(1): 1. 05- 9.)The incidence of Lyme disease is determined by white footed mice and tick population density rather than by deer. White footed mice attract more ticks per animal and have a higher rate of Lyme disease than other small rodents. Thus, as biodiversity has been lost, Lyme disease has increased (Proc Natl Acad Sci. White footed mice are able to survive in greater numbers than other small mammals who might otherwise attract more ticks and dilute the Lyme disease reservoir. In Weapons of Mouse Destruction?, Animal Ecologist Dr. Richard S. Knowing the players is of limited usefulness unless we also know. We know predators have a role and are.
Thus even if the number of tick bites is reduced, the probability of contracting Lyme disease from each bite remains the same. These include climate change, pollution and habitat loss and fragmentation, as we have systematically turned farmland into residential subdivision to keep pace with burgeoning population growth. As forest and other habitats have become subdivided and degraded, some species of plants and animals can no longer live where they formerly did. This has resulted in reduced biodiversity. The incidence of Lyme and other tick borne diseases is not simply due to deer.
Solutions to the problems of tick borne disease have to take into consideration habitat degradation and find strategies that work in the long term for the safety and security of future generations. The actual disease- carrying agent is a bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi) which is carried in the bloodstream of its host. The tick transforms from a larvae into a nymph and then an adult over a 2 year span. At each stage, the tick takes a blood meal from a host and then drops off and molts into the next life stage.
Lyme disease has proven difficult to control largely because the tick (Ixodes scapularis) is carried by many hosts including 4. Anderson and Magnarelli, 1. Deer seem to the preferred host for the adult stage of the tick. For unknown reasons, the tick seems to prefer a progressively larger host. In addition, birds can transport the disease to new areas (Anderson, 1.
Battaly and Fish, 1. At one time, the Black- legged tick was called a “deer tick.” This common name was a misnomer due to tick’s multiple hosts. Hosts for the immature tick stages may actually play a primary role in carrying infectious ticks and perpetuating the disease cycle. For example, in one study where as many as 7. Wilson et al, 1. 98. Another study conducted at Crane’s Beach in Ipswitch, MA found that a gradual reduction of deer density (from 3.
Instead, immature ticks declined 5- 7 years after the depopulation effort while adult tick numbers actually increased throughout the study period. In the final 2 years of depopulation, the nymph tick population rose to about the same level as witnessed in 1. Wilson and Deblinger, 1. When the deer population was reduced as much as 8. Deblinger et al, 1. Most hunting seasons are also poorly timed to affect tick reproduction.