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Ixodes scapularis mating pair

Ixodes scapularis mating pair

The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) is the primary vector of the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, which can lead to joint and nervous system complications. This photo shows a mating pair (the male is much smaller) that was collected from a canine at an animal shelter. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly a half-million Americans may be infected with Lyme disease each year. (Photo by Kyndall Dye-Braumuller, BCE)

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