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Tick management programs could help stop Lyme disease, but U.S. funding is inadequate

In the past 20 years, seven new tick-borne diseases have been discovered in the U.S. - and many more are likely to be identified with increased research effort and funding, yet tick research has long been underfunded worldwide and tick control strategies are still in their infancy.... Read more»

A lab-stage mRNA vaccine targeting ticks may offer protection against Lyme and other tick-borne diseases

A new laboratory-stage mRNA vaccine that teaches the immune system to recognize the saliva from tick bites could prevent these bugs from feeding on and transmitting tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease and other pathogens, to people.... Read more»

As Lyme disease rates rise, more research and better treatment sought

Lyme disease - a vector-borne illness transmitted to humans through a tick bite - has nearly doubled in the U.S. since the early 1990s, with about 35,000 cases reported annually, but recent research suggests as many as 476,000 people are treated for Lyme each year.... Read more»

Rocky Mountain spotted fever cases on the rise in Az

Reported Arizona cases of a Rocky Mountain spotted fever have increased steadily over the past decade and spiked within the last two years. State and federal officials say those heading into the outdoors should be aware of the danger.... Read more»