Monday July 16, 2018


Black Forest Express

                                                                                                         Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 93: Overnight low, 53; .82” of rain early Sunday







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As Lyme disease cases increase across the county, the state budge includes funding to treat the disease….residents  in Sweden Valley area advised to be on lookout for injured bear….Eldred man jailed for assaulting two victims…..Hazel Hurst teen driver hurt in collision with tractor trailer….Several drivers arrested on drug charges….theft of cell phone, rifle and other times taken from  pick up parked near Westline in McKean County….Vandals cause $500 in damage to SUV owned by a Tioga County woman…

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 Rep. Causer reports this year’s 2018-19 state budget addresses many of the state’s critical health needs by directing resources to several important line items, including Lyme disease. With Pennsylvania leading the nation in the number of Lyme disease cases, $2.5 million in state funding will help combat and treat those affected by the disease. Efforts will include building a more robust Lyme disease prevention and education program, conducting more well-rounded surveillance through activities like a statewide environmental survey, and improving participation in tick-borne disease surveillance with providers and local health departments. The funding specifically addresses many of the recommendations outlined by the Lyme Disease Task Force, which was created by Act 83 of 2014. Other health-related funding priorities include increases to support the state’s West Nile Virus and Zika Virus control program; take care of those with intellectual disabilities; and offer evidence-based home visiting services to families affected by the opioid epidemic. Bio-technology research, ALS support services and regional cancer centers also will receive increases in this budget.

The Tioga County Lyme Disuse Support Group will hold its monthly meeting in Wellsboro.  The meeting is open to Tioga County residents and those living in adjacent counties. Details are available on our “Calendar of Events “@

Meanwhile, ticks and tick bites are being reported this year in places where they never were before.Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a leading nonprofit funder of innovative Lyme disease research in the U.S., today announced the results of the first citizen-scientist study to evaluate the prevalence of disease-carrying ticks throughout the United States.Conducted through a partnership with Northern Arizona University and Colorado State University and published in the peer-review journal PLOS ONE, the study is based on a massive sample of more than 16,000 ticks collected from 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.The study found ticks capable of carrying Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in 83 counties (in 24 states) where these ticks had not been previously recorded. The program received a six-fold increase in tick submissions over initial estimates, representing unprecedented national coordination of a ‘citizen science’ effort and diagnostic investigation.“Identifying geographic patterns of tick-human contact provides valuable insight that may help public health officials, patients and physicians become more vigilant about Lyme disease, increasing early diagnosis,” stated Linda Giampa, executive director at Bay Area Lyme Foundation.

“Based on these findings, it is critical that residents throughout the country take precautions and know the symptoms of tick-borne infections, even in areas where ticks have not previously been shown to cause disease.”

The 24 states that contain counties with newly documented Ixodes scapularis (deer tick) or Ixodes pacificus (Western black-legged tick) populations are: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

“The overwhelming study participation from residents throughout the country and the surprising number of counties impacted demonstrates that great interest and need exist throughout the country for this information,” said lead author Nate Nieto, PhD, associate professor in NAU’s Department of Biological Sciences.

“This study offers a unique and valuable perspective because it looks at risk to humans that goes beyond the physician-reported infection rates and involves ticks that were found on or near people.”

Not all public health agencies throughout the United States have tick collection, disease risk assessment systems and/or tick-borne disease reporting requirements. Importantly, this study showed disease-causing pathogens were found in areas that may not have sufficient reporting structures.

For example, researchers found ticks carrying Babesia, microscopic parasites carried by ticks that cause the disease babesiosis, in 26 counties (across 10 states) in which the public health department does not require physicians to report cases of babesiosis.


Other interesting findings include:


Anaplasma, Babesia, and Borrelia pathogens were found in all three of the most commonly encountered ticks collected – Ixodes, Amblyomma and Dermacentor species

All life stages of these three tick species, including some larvae, were found to be infected with both Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia miyamotoi

Several Amblyomma americanum, which is commonly known as the Lone Star tick and capable of carrying bacteria that cause disease in humans, were found in Northern California, the first known report of this tick in the state

The study stemmed from the free tick-testing initiative supported by Bay Area Lyme Foundation and conducted by Northern Arizona University.


Ticks sent to the initiative from January 2016 through August 2017 were tested free of charge for four of the most common bacterial infections: Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease; Borrelia miyamotoi, which causes tick-borne relapsing fever; Anaplasma phagocytophilum, which causes human granulocytic anaplasmosis, and the protozoan pathogen, Babesia microti.These data were categorized, mapped, and recorded, as well as provided to the submitter. Ticks were submitted from every state except Alaska.Typical tick collection methods involve researchers canvasing various terrain with large sheet-like material, which collects ticks, but does not take into account a tick’s natural attraction to mammals.The limitations of citizen studies include uneven awareness of the program across geographic areas, the fact that ticks may remain attached to a person as they travel, and reliance on motivation of people who encounter ticks.

An Eldred man has been jailed In lieu of bail for a domestic violence assault early Sunday. State police were called to a home on Barden Brook Road at about 2:49 pm for a domestic violence incident going on. A woman told officers 23 year old Levi Cliff punched her in in the eye  and bit the head and hand of a male victim. Troopers aid they observed  black eye and facial scratches on the female victim and bite marks on the male victim. Cliff was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of bail after arraignment. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for this coming Thursday.

A Hazel Hurts teen driver was seriously hurt last Thursday afternoon when his car collided with a tractor trailer in Keating Township. According to Kane based state police, 18 year old Isaac Fuller after stopping at a stop sign on Valley Cross Roads, tried to cross the intersecton top travel west on Route 46 and drove in front of an International Harvester driven by Badley Mix of Mt. Jewett. The rig continued to cross the northbound lane and struck a fence at International Waxes, went through the fence and struck a concrete pillar before stopping. Fuller was flown by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of facial trauma. His passenger, a 17year old Mt.Jewett boy was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center with minor injures. Mix was not hurt.

No injuries were reported for a Florida driver whose car hit a deer on Route 15 in Jackson Township Saturday evening. State police at Mansfield explained Krystiana Lynch of Pal Bay could not stop her Mazda 3 in time to avoid the whitetail.

Drug possession charges are being filed against a Saxonburg driver following a one-vehicle crash Saturday night. Troopers report Kori Kuhns was going north on the Wetmore Road when her Chevrolet Impala failed to make a right turn, went across the westbound lane, struck a ditch and rolled over onto the driver’s side .Kuhns and her passenger, Scott Musthaf of Chicora, PA allegedly  left the scene but were later located. Authorizes said ttroopers found an orange rubber smoking device inside the 2006 Chevrolet which contained suspected burned  marijuana inside.

Troopers are also charging a 29 year old Shinglehouse woman with drug possession/ The suspect was pulled over on the Taylor Creek Road in Liberty Township, McKean County Satruday night for an alleged traffic violation and was allegedly found with a small amount of pot and drug paraphernalia in her 2007 Chevrolet Silverado.

Two Eldred residents have also been arrested for possession. Troopers at the Kane barracks  allege a 51 year old woman and a 28 year old man were discovered hving marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the 2001 Ford Focus after being stopped for a summary traffic violation on the Port/Empoirum rroad Saturday night.

The theft of some property from a parked vehicle is being investigated by state police at Kane. A credit card, cell phone, green backpack and a Marlin Model 39 .22 cal. Lever action long gun were taken from a 2015 Nissan pick up owned by a 55 year old York man while it was parked near Westline between midnight and 7:00 am Saturday.The gun has a gold trigger as it is the Original “Golden” 30 and wasvheld in a black plastic case with a gun dog scene on the front.

Unknown vandals caused $500  in damage to a  disa led 2007 Hyunda Tiburon between last Tuesday and Thursday in Richmond Township, Tioga County. The SUV, owned by a 29 year old Millerton woman was parked  at the intersecting of Lambs Creek Road and Powers drive. The rear passenger taillight, rear window and windshield were smashed.