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blacklegged ticks

blacklegged ticks

Blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are the primary vectors of the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Shown here, from left to right, are an adult female, adult male, and female nymph. As the COVID-19 pandemic simultaneously has driven people toward increased outdoor activity while also consuming public health awareness, the threat of vector-borne disease may be on the rise. Entomologists at all levels, including students, can play a leading role in driving multidisciplinary research on ways to address this challenge. (Photo by S. Rae via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

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