Could Reducing Deer Populations Reduce Lyme Disease?

white tailed deer

By Josh Lancette Lyme disease has been a growing problem in the United States, with the number of cases increasing throughout the past few decades. The disease primarily is spread through a bacterium vectored by the tick Ixodes scapularis, also known as the blacklegged tick (or the deer tick, in some regions). The increasing spread […]

CDC Study Sheds Light on New Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria

Deer tick (Ixodes scapularis)

A new species of bacteria that causes Lyme disease needs the same amount of time for transmission after a tick bite compared to previously implicated bacteria, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Existing guidelines for frequent tick checks and prompt removal of attached ticks remain the same. The […]

Scientists Have Sequenced the Genome of the Tick that Transmits Lyme Disease

Deer tick (Ixodes scapularis)

An international team of scientists led by Purdue University has sequenced the genome of the tick that transmits Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in North America. Ixodes scapularis, known as the blacklegged tick or the deer tick, is the first tick species to have its genome sequenced. The decade-long project, involving 93 authors […]

Mice Aren’t Nice, They Help Transmit Lyme Disease

By Hannah Foster Upon hearing the words “Lyme disease,” most people think of two things: ticks and deer. Although these are certainly important aspects of the disease, ticks and deer are only two pieces of the puzzle. Lyme disease is actually extremely complicated, and its spread is affected by a wide range of organisms. Knowing […]

CDC Estimates 300,000 Lyme Disease Cases in U.S. Each Year

Preliminary estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the number of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is around 300,000. The preliminary estimates were presented Sunday night in Boston at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases. This early estimate is based on findings from […]