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Middlebury Assistant Professor David Allen prepares to inspect a piece of canvas dragged through the forest to collect ticks. Todd Balfour/Middlebury College

A tick detective wants to understand what drives tick abundance

A tick expert explains his work trying to understand why the abundance of the parasites vary so much from location to location and year to year.
There’s a short window between when a tick bites and when it passes on bacteria or virus. MSU Ag Communications, Courtesy Dr. Tina Nations

Ticks spread plenty more for you to worry about beyond Lyme disease

Tick-borne diseases are becoming more common in the United States. A public health entomologist outlines some of the lesser-known threats ticks pose to human health.
If you are bitten by a tick that is infected with Lyme disease, a single dose of antibiotics can prevent an infection from developing, if administered within 72 hours of tick removal. (Shutterstock)

Eek – a tick! What now? This online tool will help

If you are bitten by a tick, you need to find out what species it was, fast. A research team has developed a website to help people in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick do just that.
A female blacklegged deer tick crawls along a piece of straw. (Shutterstock)

Tick, tock: The countdown to peak tick season is here

Ticks are generally inactive in the winter and start to look for their next meal as temperatures warm up. But as winters warm, every season may become tick season.
Expansion of the blacklegged and other tick populations across Canada over the last few years mean an increased risk of diseases like Lyme disease. It is wise to do a full body tick check on ourselves and our pets when we come in from the outdoors. (Shutterstock)

How to avoid Lyme disease while ticks are hungry in the fall

Fall is peak activity time for adult blacklegged ticks, increasing the risk of tick bites on both people and pets.
Ixodus ricinus tick, which spreads Lyme disease in Europe. Richard Bartz

Lyme disease: a ticking time bomb

How a microbe from the ice age could wreck your life – and how to protect yourself.
No, not that kind of lime: the disease is named after a town in the US where the disease was first recognised.

Explainer: what is Lyme disease and does it exist in Australia?

The debate about Lyme disease and its presence in Australia has occupied media headlines and the minds of scientists and health professionals for over three decades.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is carried by ticks. Mike K/Flickr

Lyme-like disease may result from related unknown bacteria

A government investigation into whether Lyme disease exists in Australia and how to treat it has ended without being able to resolve the issues. But there is a plausible explanation for why people here…

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