With a little bit of training, 59 citizen scientists in New York collected more than 3,700 ticks across 15 counties in a two-week period in the summer of 2021, greatly expanding the reach of professional tick researchers at the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases. The “New York State Tick Blitz” is now an annual project and a model that tick-surveillance programs elsewhere can follow.
As surveillance for ticks and the disease-causing germs they spread improves, so does Americans' access to knowledge about where the risk of tickborne disease is greatest. New data from the CDC offers up-to-date county-level maps of where blacklegged ticks are prevalent and where they've been found infected with any of seven different pathogens.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year there are about 300,000 cases of Lyme Disease, which is vectored by blacklegged ticks. These ticks are also commonly known […]