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TickEncounter Uses Crowd Sourced Information to Learn About Asian Longhorned Ticks

Tom Mather’s blog provides evidence for using the “Power of the Crowd” and ground proofing certain findings. Tom’s most recent write up about a trip to Staten Island in search of the Asian longhorned tick is a must read: https://tickencounter.org/tick_notes/three_surprising_things

The articles three surprising findings are:

  1. Longicornus larvae hang out together on the tips of grasses, but like a bomb, they explode when something brushes by.
  2. Without magnification, nymphal Asian longhorned ticks look very similar to nymphal Lone Star ticks.
  3. Asian longhorned ticks are way more established than Tom expected to find.

 

 

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Schumer Says Amendment Would Increase Funding To Fight Lyme Disease

An amendment that passed in the Senate would increase Lyme disease funding from fiscal year 2018’s level of $10.7 million to $12 million for fiscal year 2019. The amendment, made by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, would become a part of the Health and Human Services Appropriations bill.

Read more about the amendment here: http://www.wamc.org/post/schumer-says-amendment-would-increase-funding-fight-lyme-disease

9th International IPM Symposium Tick Summit

9th International IPM Symposium: There will be a full day Tick Summit in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday March 21st, 2018. The summit is titled, “Integrated Tick Management: Community-Wide Action to Address the Global Tick Problem”, and will provide information on effective ITM practices, current research projects and knowledge gaps, and opportunities to increase adoption of effective practices. More information regarding the IPM Symposium and registration can be found at: 9th International IPM Symposium. The Tick Summit proposal and organization is provided by the Public Tick IPM Working Group, with support from the North Central IPM Center and USDA-NIFA.

HHS Tick-Borne Working Group Meeting

The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group was established by Congress in 2016 as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. The Working Group is holding its inaugural public meetings in December. The meetings are limited to space available; therefore, pre-registration for public attendees is advisable. To view more details about this working group please visit: https://www.hhs.gov/ash/advisory-committees/tickbornedisease/index.html.

To view the meeting digitally follow this link: https://www.hhs.gov/live/live-1/index.html#8408