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created Feb 5 2018

updated May 10 2018

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This map contains information on the adult life stage collection and testing results of blacklegged ticks (most commonly seen in fall and late winter/early spring) from various locations across New York State. These ticks were tested in “pools”, groups of up to ten ticks per sample, for the human pathogen Powassan virus, also known as Deer tick virus. This map helps generate awareness on the tick populations that had pools that tested positive for Powassan virus.
The data presented here also depicts the number of sites sampled per county, as well as the total number of ticks tested. Both tick density and pathogen infection percentage can vary greatly within a very small area, and definitely vary widely within a county. Therefore, these data should not be used to broadly predict disease risk for a larger or smaller area, such as for the county or the town. They should be used simply to educate that there is a risk to ticks and tick-borne diseases.
Further below on this page you can find links to the Department of Health tick prevention page, a video link on how to safely remove a tick should it attach, and a link to a list of county health departments.

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tick, ticks, ixodes, scapularis, powassan, deer tick virus
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Data Provided By
New York State Department of Health
Source Link
https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/
Dataset Summary
Office/Division
Office of Public Health
Program Owner
Center for Community Health
Time Period
Beginning 2009
Posting Frequency
Yearly
Dataset Owner
Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
Coverage
Statewide
Granularity
County
Units
Percent ticks infected, tick density , minimum infection rate
Disclaimers
Disclaimer
Years with no data for a specific county do not indicate no ticks were collected in that county, rather ticks collections may have been performed on private land and therefore not represented in this dataset.
Limitations
These data only provide information about tick infection and tick population density at a precise location and point in time. Both tick population density and the proportion of ticks infected with a specific pathogen can vary greatly within a very small area, and vary widely within a county. These data should not be used to broadly predict disease risk for a larger or smaller area, such as for the county or the town. These data should be used to educate that there is a risk of contact with ticks and tick-borne pathogens. Years with no data for a specific county do not indicate no ticks were collected in that county, rather ticks collections may have been performed on private land and therefore not represented in this dataset. For more information specific to your county, contact your local health department, or visit http://www.nysacho.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3713.
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Health, Department of
Local Data
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Yes
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County
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