tick-for-lyme-disease-1180x664A picture taken at the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) in Maison-Alfort, on July 20, 2016 shows a tick, whose bite can transmit Lyme disease. (Photo: Bertrand Guay/Getty Images)

Lyme Disease on the Rise in Northern California

by Michael Krasny

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From 2004 to 2016 diseases spread by flea, mosquito and tick bites tripled in the U.S., according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control. The increase includes viruses like West Nile, Zika and chikungunya, but it was Lyme Disease that accounted for 80 percent of incidents. We examine what’s causing the surge of tick-borne diseases and how Lyme Disease in particular is affecting Northern California.

May Beth Pfeiffer, author, Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change
Raphael Stricker M.D., physician and past president, International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)
Andrea Swei, assistant professor, San Francisco State University

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Again, the issue of climate change really is a mute point when referencing ticks.  Independent Canadian tick researcher, John Scott, says the climate change issue is a red herring:  John explains, “The climate change range expansion model is what the authorities have been using to rationalize how they have done nothing for more than thirty years. It’s a huge cover-up scheme that goes back to the 1980’s. The grandiose scheme was a nefarious plot to let doctors off the hook from having to deal with this debilitating disease. I caught onto it very quickly. Most people have been victims of it ever since.”  “This climate change ‘theory’ is all part of a well-planned scheme. Even the ticks are smarter than the people who’ve concocted this thing,” he says.  “Climate change has nothing to do with tick movement. Blacklegged ticks are ecoadaptive, and tolerate wide temperature fluctuations.

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