Tick Season: The Worst One Yet

first_imgNew ticks and germs identified The rate of Lyme disease, first discovered in Lyme Connecticut in 1975, has increased by 250 percent in the North-Central states and 300 percent in the Northeastern states. The CDC now recognizes 18 tick-borne pathogens in the U.S.– and more are being discovered all of the time. In 2017 the Asian longhorned tick was discovered in the United States for the first time. The tick has since been found in Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. While no harmful germs have been found in the Asian longhorned ticks collected by researchers in the U.S., the tick is known to make people and animals very ill in other countries. In the past 20 years, seven new tickborne germs that cause illness have been discovered in the U.S. Ticks, which were once confined to smaller geographic areas, have expanded their range in the past few decades. Take, for example, the lone star tick, whose bite causes ehrlichiosis, tularemia, and Heartland virus disease. This tick once lived only in the southeastern U.S. but can now be found in the Midwest and Northeastern states. The range of the blacklegged tick, responsible for Lyme disease, has more than doubled in the past two decades. While reasons for this expanding range are unknown, experts point to changes in land use such as suburban development and changing climate patterns. Ticks are small and their bites are painless so it can be hard to know when your health has been compromised. To help fight the tiny bloodsuckers, the CDC has pulled together a new resource just in time for tick season. Avoid areas with tall grass and leaf litter. When hiking, stick to the center of the trail.Spray yourself with an EPA-registered tick repellent such as one containing DEET or picaridin. Treat your clothing with permethrin. Treat your dogs for ticks. Not only can ticks make dogs sick, dogs can also bring ticks into your home.Shower immediately upon coming inside and do a full-body tick search. If any ticks are found, remove them right away.Run clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill any ticks attached to clothing.center_img It’s tick season. Here’s what you can do to dodge the buggers As temperatures heat up and we take the fun outdoors there’s one teensy tiny arachnid causing some worry: ticks. Last year, nearly 60,000 cases of tickborne diseases were reported to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) by state health departments, a number that has, ahem, ticked steadily upward in the past 25 years and represents only a fraction of the overall number of people with tickborne illness. How to protect yourself The CDC advises the public to take the following steps to try to avoid tick bites: Tick ranges are expandinglast_img read more

SC St. seeks revenge on Morgan State

first_img February 16, 2020 SAVVY SENIORS: Morgan State’s Stanley Davis, Troy Baxter and David Syfax Jr. have collectively accounted for 45 percent of all Bears points this season, although the trio’s production has fallen to 28 percent over the last five games.STEPPING IT UP: The Bulldogs have scored 74.3 points per game against MEAC opponents so far, an improvement from the 63.5 per game they recorded against non-conference opponents.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Rayshawn Neal has been directly responsible for 41 percent of all South Carolina State field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 20 field goals and 14 assists in those games.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Bears have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Bulldogs. South Carolina State has 32 assists on 83 field goals (38.6 percent) across its previous three games while Morgan State has assists on 29 of 57 field goals (50.9 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Morgan State is ranked first among MEAC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 34.2 percent. The Bears have averaged 12.6 offensive boards per game. SC St. seeks revenge on Morgan State Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMorgan State (13-14, 7-5) vs. South Carolina State (11-12, 6-5)Smith-Hammond-Middleton Center, Orangeburg, South Carolina; Monday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Morgan State goes for the season sweep over South Carolina State after winning the previous matchup in Baltimore. The teams last met on Jan. 6, when the Bears outshot South Carolina State from the field 45.8 percent to 36.7 percent and had five fewer turnovers en route to the 77-63 victory.center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Alternative league table – Top 30 clubs in England revealed and ranked

first_img 21. Middlesbrough are ranked with 1559 Elo points 26. Leeds United are ranked with 1508 Elo points 5. Arsenal are ranked with 1845 Elo points 20. Hull City are ranked with 1567 Elo points 6. Liverpool are ranked with 1835 Elo points 3. Manchester City are ranked with 1864 Elo points 4. Manchester United are ranked with 1855 Elo points 22. Sunderland are ranked with 1557 Elo points 30 14. West Bromwich Albion are ranked with 1643 Elo points 30 30 30 30 28. Cardiff City are ranked with 1483 Elo points 30 30 30 30 30. Aston Villa are ranked the 30th best team in England, with 1470 Elo points – click the right arrow above to see the remaining 29 teams ranked – And scroll down for an explanation of the Elo ratings. 17. Newcastle United are ranked with 1620 Elo points 30 23. Fulham are ranked with 1542 Elo points 30 30 30 18. Watford are ranked with 1601 Elo points 24. Norwich City are ranked with 1532 Elo points 7. Everton are ranked with 1747 Elo points 30 16. Burnley are ranked with 1626 Elo points 29. Huddersfield Town are ranked with 1471 Elo points Chelsea were crowned champions of the Premier League last season, but are they really the best team?Despite league tables at the end of every campaign ranking teams by how they performed over the previous campaign, is there any way a league table could lie?After all, this time last year Leicester City were Premier League champions, but it was arguable whether they were indisputably the best team in England, and soon after they found themselves struggling near the foot of the table.That’s where the Elo rating system comes in.Originally a method to rate and rank chess players, the Elo system has since been adapted to a host of other sports – including football.The basic principle of the Elo system is that the difference in ratings between two opposing teams provide a prediction for the result of a fixture.At the end of the game, the rating is updated based on the result; it increases if a team performed better than expected, and decreases if the performance was worse (for more explanation, click here).Using this system, English football clubs have been ranked all the way back to the start of the 1946/47 season, counting domestic league results from the top two divisions – cup competitions do not count, as teams without an Elo rating can feature.So, who are the top 30 clubs in England currently, based on their Elo ranking? Click the right arrow, above, to find out…*For further information about the Elo rating system see clubelo.com 30 15. Crystal Palace are ranked with 1640 Elo points 25. Reading are ranked with 1519 Elo points 27. Derby County are ranked with 1497 Elo points 30 12. AFC Bournemouth are ranked with 1651 Elo points 30 30 30 30 19. Brighton and Hove Albion are ranked with 1581 Elo points 9. Southampton are ranked with 1689 Elo points 30 30 10. West Ham United are ranked with 1669 Elo points 30 30 30 30 2. Tottenham Hotspur are ranked with 1885 Elo points 13. Swansea City are ranked with 1646 Elo points 30 8. Leicester City are ranked with 1714 Elo points 30 30 11. Stoke City are ranked with 1659 Elo points 30 1. Chelsea are ranked the best team in England, with 1906 Elo pointslast_img read more