New York to launch new tick-borne disease control plan

Syracuse, N.Y. -- New York state will launch a multi-pronged control plan for tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that state agencies will expand tick-control programs, widen efforts to educate people about tick-borne diseases, and even develop better tests for the diseases, which are difficult to diagnose.

"Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are a major threat to the health and well-being of New Yorkers, and we are taking aggressive actions to help stop the spread of these disease," Cuomo said in a news release.

Elements of the plan include:

  • Application of eco-friendly tick control treatments in parks in the regions with the highest tick disease problems: the Hudson Valley, Capital Region, and Southern Tier. 
  • Expansion of the "tickicide" deer treatment feeding stations that help to control ticks spread by white-tailed deer. When the deer feed, treated rollers rub against their body.
  • Expansion of the Tick Control System, a small box that attracts rodents and coats their fur with a pesticide that kills ticks.
  • A public information campaign targeting high-risk groups such as hunters, trappers and hikers.

  • Making available information about tick collections across the state and the prevalence of Lyme and other diseases found in those ticks.
  • Development of a more accurate diagnostic test for tick-borne disease, including Lyme disease.
  • A summit this summer to bring together state agencies to review what the state is doing and how it can improve.
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