BOYLSTON, Mass. — A local group planning a nature walk to see how trees were recovering from the Asian Longhorned Beetle Infestation abruptly canceled its plans after the organizer discovered dozens of ticks crawling on him during a scouting walk.
"Due to an unreasonable risk presented by the spike in the tick population, the walk has been cancelled," the Worcester Tree Initiative wrote in a post to its followers.
Dereck Lirange was planning to lead the walk on trails around the Wachusett Reservoir. He said he found 26 ticks crawling on him while checking out the mile-long route on which he was planning to take the group.
"That was way higher than anything I ever experienced," Lirange said.
The discovery is likely an early sign of a nasty tick season ahead this summer.
Over the past 12 years, Massachusetts has been one of the states with the largest number of reported cases of tick-borne diseases, with over 50,000 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Boston Globe reported that, in Massachusetts, in 2017, nearly 8,700 people tested positive for Lyme disease, up from 5,829 four years earlier.
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