Dr. Tom Simmons, Department of Biology, co-authored, along with collaborators from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), the first statewide survey of Pennsylvania for blacklegged ticks infected with human pathogens.
The online Advance Access version of the article was published on April 8th in the Journal of Medical Entomology and can be viewed in HTML format.
In addition to collaborators from the PADEP Bureau of Laboratories Vector Management Division, five undergraduate College of Natural Science and Mathematics students and two Department of Biology faculty contributed to this study.
Blacklegged ticks were collected from all counties in Pennsylvania and tested for the Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis pathogens. The results from this major study will provide guidance to the PA Lyme Disease Task Force which is currently developing a plan to address tick-borne diseases in the Commonwealth.