Lone star ticks expand range deeper into NJ, bringing risk of new diseases

Lone Star tick

AMANDA OGLESBY / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Lone star ticks, carriers of diseases that can sicken humans, are expanding their range in New Jersey, according to a newly published study in the New England Journal of Medicine from researchers in Connecticut.

Blacklegged ticks, or deer ticks, and the larger lone star tick are expanding into new regions in the Northeast, according to researchers from the Center for Vector Biology and Zoonotic Diseases and the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-borne Diseases. The groups worked with other institutions in New Haven, Connecticut, such as the Yale School of Public Health and the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, to look at trends in tick populations and the risk of spread of tick-borne diseases.

Rising global temperatures, ecological changes, reforestation and commerce were cited as some of the reasons for expanding tick ranges …

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