40% of ticks in Eau Claire parks test positive for Lyme disease

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Lots of ticks in our local parks are infected with Lyme disease, and even though the temperature is cooling down, ticks are still around.

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department won $10,000 last year so they could look into Phoenix, Carson, and two county parks.

Savannah Bergman, a chemist microbiologist, said 40 percent of ticks in city parks are infected with Lyme disease, and in the county parks just above 30 percent of the ticks have diseases.

Bergman said these numbers rise every year, which is why this research is so important.

Remember, even with the colder weather we’ve been having, the ticks are not gone yet.

“Ticks are looking for a host right now in order to get that final blood meal,” Bergman said. “Ticks are active until the temperature drops below 40 degrees, and so if it continues to decrease the ticks will go dormant, but if we do start to see warmer days they will start to become active again.”

Bergman said now is an important time to be checking for ticks on your clothes and skin.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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