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blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis)

blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis)

In a new study published in May in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers analyzing tick photos submitted to the TickSpotters program at the University of Rhode Island find that three tick species—such as the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis)—that transmit Lyme and other human diseases are present in hundreds of U.S. counties where previous surveillance had not yet documented them. (Photo by David Cappaert, via iNaturalist, CC BY-NC 4.0)

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