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.
Weighty problems like the threat of vector-borne disease require more than just entomological solutions, and students of insect science can be leaders in bringing together research from a variety of fields. One student shares his view on the potential collaborations that students could develop to mitigate the rise of tick-borne disease.
A new study by CDC researchers provides a county-level map of the presence of ticks confirmed to be carrying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease—though the distribution of ticks that are capable of carrying it is much wider.
Tick researchers in Connecticut turn their eye toward their local community with an educational film series about backyard tick management. Learn how the project came together and why it could be a useful model for other entomology-outreach efforts.
A study evaluating tick identification via photos submitted to public health labs finds that IDs of the three most medically important tick species were correct more than 98 percent of the time.