Tick study perfect for Adirondacks

Chances are that you have been bitten, or know someone who has been bitten by a tick. As the weather conditions are changing, so is the migration of ticks that are expanding to the north and west and now into the Adirondacks. That is why we are glad that researchers from Trudeau Institute are now working on a vaccine to prevent the debilitating Lyme disease. They have teamed up with Paul Smith’s College, Adirondack Health and the Department of Health to monitor ticks in Queensbury, Schroon Lake and Black Brook.

These tiny bugs are known as deer ticks, but mice are their primary host. They dig into the skin of humans and pets and bite, bloating up with blood and transferring bacteria affecting the nervous system. Nearly 300,000 new cases annually in the country and 462 just in the first week of June in New York State have been reported.

They can leave a red circular mark, which is evidence that the tick might have infected you with Lyme disease. Some symptoms might occur within the month of being bitten. They are flu-like symptoms with fever, chills, body aches and headache and may be accompanied by a rash in a bull’s-eye pattern. Other symptoms are neurological problems such as paralysis on one side of the face (Bell’s Palsy,) impaired muscle movement or membranes surrounding the brain (meningitis). Joint pain and swelling are also a symptom. Treatment for Lyme disease is most effective if begun early.

With the Adirondack Park as its laboratory, combined with world re-known researchers at Trudeau Institute and resources from area colleges, Saranac Lake can become the epic bioresearch hub of the world. We believe in this area Trudeau Institute is a top notch scientific research center that has brilliant scientists who have been working on cures since Dr. Trudeau found the vaccine for tuberculosis.

We are thankful to Sen. Betty Little who secured funds from the Walker Foundation, the Health Department and Paul Smith’s College. This research is also receiving funds from the Cullman Audubon Society. More funding is needed, but foundations and supporters should take notice of this paramount partnership, as it is a good solid investment for finding cures and doing important research.

Saranac Lake is lucky to have Trudeau Institute as a jewel in the crown of the Adirondacks. As this partnership grows and shows success, it hopefully will result in attracting other research companies that will be a perfect fit for a community known for curing and wellness. In the meantime, protect yourself from ticks when walking in the woods.