Biology Department Professor Tom
Simmons was featured in a television news segment on the
Lyme disease epidemic in western Pennsylvania. Simmons was interviewed in his Disease and Vector Ecology Laboratory at IUP by
Maria Simbra, medical reporter for KDKA-TV, CBS–Pittsburgh.
They discussed the ecology of the blacklegged
tick and factors underlying its spread into western Pennsylvania. They also discussed the abundance of the tick,
the percent infected with the Lyme disease pathogen, and how western Pennsylvania now compares
with southeastern New York, where the tick and pathogen have historically been
Excerpts from the
interview were aired during the 6:00 news hour on Friday, June 26. The news segment can be viewed on the CBS Pittsburgh website.
Department of Biology