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Environment
2:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

RI Tick Population Continues To Rise

Mather holds test tubes of ticks.
Credit RIPR FILE

After two record-breaking years in 2012 and 2013, the tick population in Rhode Island is continuing to rise.

Despite the harsh winter this year, the ticks in the state are thriving. The director of the University of Rhode Island's Tick Encounter Research Center Tom Mather blames the high counts on the cool and humid weather this spring. He said it's very important that people try to protect themselves from ticks.

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Environment
5:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Deer Culling On Block Island Begins Next Week

Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Professional sharpshooters will descend on Block Island next week to cull the island’s deer population.

The Connecticut-based company hired to cull the deer population has been scattering bait since early February to lure deer to specific areas around Block Island.

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Environment
9:11 am
Mon January 20, 2014

State Managed Deer Hunt Begins On Block Island

A Virginia white-tailed doe.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Starting Tuesday, the second annual state managed deer hunt will be held on Block Island.

It’s the only hunt of its kind on state-owned land. 

The four week hunt takes place on a one-hundred fifteen acre parcel of state-owned land known as Black Rock.

Any Rhode Islander with a state hunting license is eligible to take part in the hunt. However only six hunters will be allowed on the property per day; they’ll be chosen via a lottery system. The bag limit is eight deer per hunter.

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The Pulse
12:10 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ticknado: Coming To A Yard Near You

Sharknado? For wimps. Ticknado? Run for cover!

But it's no laughing matter, says Tom Mather, resident tick expert at the University of Rhode Island. Fall means the return of disease-carrying deer ticks for a bit before the coldest temperatures finally send them underground. And that means there's still a risk of catching Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

Health Care
4:57 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Block Island Asks State For Help Combatting Lyme

Female deer ticks, satiated after a blood meal, in test tubes in Yale University's tick lab.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Block Island Health Service officials say the state Department of Health has agreed to meet with them about the steep increase in Lyme disease on the island. Island officials want the state to take a more active role in fighting the disease.

Block Island Health Services officials say they’ve seen 68 cases of Lyme disease through August of this year. That’s up from 48 for all of the previous year. Health service head Barbara Baldwin says she decided it was time to ask for some help.

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The Pulse
5:23 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

When Summer Makes You Sick

Or, rather, summer activities, like swimming, or hiking through the woods.

To wit:

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Health Care
3:52 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

New tick-borne disease causes recurring fever, flu

Deer ticks in test tubes, full after a blood meal.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

There’s a new tick-borne disease in town.

It’s like Lyme disease and has recently been spotted in the Northeastern United States, as well as in a few parts of the Upper Midwest.

The bacteria that causes this new disease is called Borrelia miyamotoi, and, like Lyme, it hitches a ride in ticks. It can cause something like the flu, or a fever that just keeps coming back. Scientists first identified it in Japan. But a couple of years ago, Yale researchers discovered it in deer ticks in New England.

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Health Care
6:12 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

New tick-borne disease discovered in New England

Tick larvae in a vial.
Credit Photo by: KRISTIN GOURLAY

The bacteria is called Borrelia miyamotoi, and, like Lyme disease, it hitches a ride in ticks. I'll have more on this in the coming days, but here's a heads up on some of the more unique features of this bug.

This bacteria can cause something like the flu, or a fever that just keeps coming back. You might have had it and not known it, or had it along side Lyme. Common antibiotics can cure it. But if your immune system is already weak, it could lead to some neurological damage.

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