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What tick testing shows in your community

People who submit ticks to the Laboratory of Medical Zoology can choose to have them tested for a variety of bacteria, including the three that cause most tick-borne diseases in the area. They are Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, which causes Anaplasmosis, and Babesia microti, which causes Babesiosis. The latter diseases’ symptoms are similar to Lyme, but both can be fatal in people with weak immune systems.

The following are some results of the testing, which are available at www.stats.tickdiseases.org and broken down by zip code.

Amherst area

29.2 percent of 209 tested positive for Lyme pathogen

1.9 percent of 159 tested positive for Anaplasma

1.3 percent of 159 tested positive for Babesia

Easthampton/Westhampton

33.3 percent of 27 tested positive for Lyme pathogen

No incidence of Anaplasma

6.25 percent of 16 (one tick) tested positive for Babesia

Hadley

6.7 percent of 15 tested positive for Lyme pathogen

No incidence of Anaplasma or Babesia

Northampton

25.7 percent of 35 tested positive for Lyme pathogen

No incidence of Anaplasma or Babesia

Williamsburg

38.9 percent of 18 tested positive for Lyme pathogen

8.33 percent of 12 (one tick) tested positive for Anaplasma

No incidence of Babesia

— REBECCA EVERETT

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