Monday, April 8, 2019

WI, climate change and insect-born disease. Tick-tock.

You can stick with the Scott Walker school of climate change denial and science deletion if you want, but at you own peril.

While The Washington Post today notes the relationship of a warming climate to tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease, Wisconsin Public Radio had the story a year ago.
Climate Conditions Favorable For Ticks And Lyme Disease 
By Natalie Guyette
Air Date: 
  • Monday, April 16, 2018, 3:35pm
  • Monday, April 16, 2018, 5:35pm

Luckily, Walker and his team of incompetent ideologues missed the useful information that was posted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website, and still remains: 
Climate and Infectious Disease
Wisconsin is generally becoming warmer and wetter. Changes in the climate may lead to more flooding and precipitation, temperature extremes (very hot and very cold days), drought, and more carriers of disease (such as mosquitoes and ticks).  
These trends could allow for an increase in diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks.  Learn more about simple ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes and ticks on the Enjoy the Outdoors - Bug-free! page...
Abstract image of mosquito
The number of ticks and where they live in Wisconsin may also be changing in response to changing weather and climate. The blacklegged tick (commonly known as deer tick) is the main vector (species that can transmit a disease agent) for the two most common tickborne diseases in Wisconsin: Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Other tickborne diseases in Wisconsin include ehrlichiosisPowassan virus, and Babesiosis.

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