Study Finds Lyme Disease in Ticks in Nine U.S. National Parks

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By Josh Lancette Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks. According to the study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and […]

Here’s How to Prevent Bites and Suppress Ticks that Transmit Lyme Disease

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By Hannah Foster The onset of spring and summer means barbecues, camping, hiking, and a plethora of other outdoor activities. However, warmer weather also means ticks. Tick bites spread numerous pathogens that can cause serious diseases. Among these pathogens is the bacterial species Borrelia burgdorferi. The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) carries and transmits B. burgdorferi […]

A Report from the Integrated Tick Management Symposium in Washington, DC

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By Richard Levine In May 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America (ESA), the IPM Institute of North America, and the North Central IPM Center held a meeting called the “Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem.” Entomologists and public-health officials from the USDA, DOD, USGS, […]

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

An immature deer tick. Deer ticks can transmit a number of illnesses including Lyme disease. (Photo by Andrew Nuss)

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 […]

Ticks that Transmit Lyme Disease Reported in 48.6% of U.S. Counties

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By Hannah Foster Lyme disease is a potentially debilitating disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease is spread to humans by two tick varieties: the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), which is responsible for most cases of Lyme disease in the United States, and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), the culprit for cases […]

A Tick that Feeds on Birds May Increase the Range of Lyme Disease

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By Meredith Swett Walker If you have lived in the northeastern United States any time in the last 25 years or so, you have almost certainly heard of Lyme disease. You may have scrutinized odd-looking insect bites, wondering if they are developing the disease’s tell-tale “bulls-eye” rash. And you may have become skilled at distinguishing […]

TickSpotters Can Help You Identify Ticks and Learn How to Protect Yourself

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By Hannah Foster Oh no! You’ve found a tick! Who ya gonna call? TICKSPOTTERS! Maybe ticks haven’t started popping up in your neighborhood yet, but they probably will soon. That’s why it’s important to have what I like to call an “Emergency Tick Protocol,” or ETP. Here’s an example of a typical ETP I used […]

Mice Aren’t Nice, They Help Transmit Lyme Disease

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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 […]

Birds Identified as Hosts of Lyme Disease

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Birds are more important than previously recognized as hosts for Lyme disease-causing bacteria, according to a recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is responsible for Lyme disease, was known to be carried by white-footed mice, wood rats, western gray squirrels, and other small mammals, but fewer studies have […]

Ticks that Vector Lyme Disease Move West into North Dakota

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 300,000 cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. each year. Last year, most Lyme disease cases reported to the CDC were concentrated heavily in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 96 percent of cases in 13 states. In fact, the disease gets its […]