Almanack Contributor April Gokey

April Gokey

April Gokey was raised on a first generation dairy farm in Burke where they milk 275 Holstein cows three times a day. She graduated from Franklin Academy High School in June 2016 and is currently attending SUNY Cobleskill where she is studying to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Dairy Production Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business Management. Her plan after school is to return to her family’s farm to work alongside her bothers in a partnership to expand and diversify the operation.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Watch Out For Deer Ticks: Reduce Chance Of Lyme Disease

The loathsome deer tick, also known as the black-legged tick, is defined more by the disease it spreads than by its own characteristics. Deer ticks, a name that came about due to its habit of parasitizing white-tailed deer, are transmitters or vectors for Lyme disease microbes that they acquire by feeding on infected mice and rodents. Lyme disease, if untreated can cause a variety of health issues including facial paralysis, heart palpitations, arthritis, severe headaches, and neurological disorders. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is currently one of the fastest-growing and most commonly reported vector-borne diseases in the United States. More than 14,000 cases are reported annually, but because the symptoms so closely resemble the flu and usually go away without treatment, scientists estimate as many as nine out of every ten cases go unreported. » Continue Reading.