IUP was recognized for its tick surveillance capacity and is a suggested support organization in the “Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania” report drafted by the Task Force on Lyme Disease and Related Tick-Borne Diseases pursuant to Act 83 of 2014 (Lyme and Related Tick-borne Surveillance, Education, Prevention and Treatment
The report was announced by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health on October 14, 2015, and can be viewed on the Pennsylvania Department of Health's
Lyme Disease Report Task Force website.
IUP’s recognition results from the contributions of student researchers working in Tom Simmons’ Disease and Vector Ecology Laboratory in the
Department of Biology.
Twelve students participated in a
statewide survey of blacklegged ticks infected with the Lyme disease and other human pathogens, and a
population biology study of ticks in western Pennsylvania, both published this year in the Journal of Medical Entomology. The students are either co-authors or acknowledged in the publications.