Lyme disease among CNY pets a warning for people

Excerpted from  ( Posted: 08/17/2010 )

Fulton (WSYR-TV) – Veterinarians in Central New York have noticed an alarming rise in Lyme disease among pets they’ve been testing.

At one practice, 210 dogs and cats tested positive for the disease in this year alone. While dogs and cats are frequently infected with the disease, they only show symptoms five to 10 percent of the time. The growing number of pets showing Lyme disease is a warning sign in detecting deer ticks among people.

Common in Eastern New York, the deer tick has become increasingly prevalent in Central and Northern New York.

Although there is a relatively low number of sufferers – 100 people in both Onondaga and Oswego Counties annually – research shows that New York has the highest number of cases in the country.

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~ by Rob on August 17, 2010.

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