Simmons Co-authors Statewide Survey of Tick-Borne Pathogens

Posted on 4/10/2015 2:51:18 PM

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. 

Undergraduate Students, Biology Faculty Contributed to the Study

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.

Ticks From All Counties in Pennsylvania Tested

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.