Lyme Vaccine Trial Still Looking for Participants

Organizers of a first-of-its-kind Lyme disease vaccine trial on Martha’s Vineyard are still looking for signups, after an initial wave of recruitment has slowed down in recent months.

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Lyme Vaccine Trial Progresses; So Do Lone Star Tick Issues
Just as medical professionals on the Vineyard are feeling encouraged by the start of a Lyme vaccine trial, Island doctors are reporting numerous instances of itchy, painful rashes caused by lone star tick larvae in so-called “tick bombs.”
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Lyme Vaccine Trial Set to Begin Next Month
Statistically home to one of the highest percentages of tick-borne illnesses in the world, Martha’s Vineyard will soon be the setting for a clinical trial of a vaccine aimed at preventing Lyme disease.
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Draft Guidelines Released for Treatment of Lyme Disease
As a particularly pervasive summer for ticks on the Island winds down, the Infectious Disease Society of America has released new draft guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.
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New Maps Document Spread of Ticks
Landry Harlan
Maps prepared by cartographer Chris Seidel document the spread of deer ticks, dog ticks and lone star ticks.
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Deer Harvest Is Up, Bolstering Work of Tick-Borne Illness Programs
Sara Brown
Island hunters took nearly 800 deer during the 2017 deer hunting season, the highest harvest in at least 16 years, according to recently released state data.
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Shotgun Hunting Season Brings Gift of Venison, Research Opportunities

Shotgun hunting season began Monday, and the weigh station was busy this week with hunters, biologists collecting ticks, and a new deer donation program.

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Deer Season Brings New Options for Hunters
Sara Brown
Island boards of health and a nonprofit partner are rolling out a new program to help hunters donate and process venison on the Island.
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Initiative to Reduce Deer Herd Dominates Tick Discussion
Alex Elvin

Efforts to reduce the Island deer herd, and an apparent spread of lone star ticks, topped a presentation this week.

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Lone Star Ticks Are on the Move
Alex Elvin
Island biologist Richard Johnson has been documenting an apparent spread of lone star ticks inland from Aquinnah and Chappaquiddick this summer.
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