St. Louis County, MO (KSDK) - Reports of tick-borne diseases have more than doubled from this time last year in St. Louis, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The statewide reports are also higher than last year. There were 7 reported cases of tick-borne diseases in St. Louis County through this time last year. This year there have been 20.
Statewide, there have been 232 reports so far this year, compared to 153 at this time in 2011.
Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can all be transmitted from ticks to humans, and these diseases are included in the number of reports.
The Missouri Department of Health website says the upward trend is partially due to better reporting and recognition of the diseases, but is also because of changes in the environment that fosters increased exposure and transmission to humans.
There are recommendations for tick safety at the Missouri Department of Health's website.
2012 - Statewide
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever 146
2011 - Statewide
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever 74
2012 - St. Louis County
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever 11
2011 - St. Louis County
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever 3