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Topic in Depth - Ticks and Lyme Disease (9)

Did you know that there are more than 800 known tick species on earth? The following websites provide information about both tick biology and Lyme disease -- a disease transmitted through deer ticks (Ixodes dammini).


 
University of California-Davis-Department of Entomology: Background Information on the Biology of Ticks
 
Dr. Larisa Vredevoe, professor at the University of Californai, Davis' Department of Entomology, established this site to explore the differences between the two main families of ticks: Ixodidae (hard ticks), and Argasidae (soft ticks). An image comparison of the two types of ticks allows users to observe some of the...

 
Iowa State University: Iowa State's Deer Tick Home Page
 
Iowa State's Deer Tick site is an excellent resource for anyone learning to identify deer tick specimens. The site provides links to size comparison images and movies for female, male, and larva deer ticks, as well as nymph images. Most tick images use a dime to provide a reference point, showing how small and easy...

 
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences-Featured Creatures: Blacklegged Ti
 
Lyme disease is the "most frequently reported vector-borne disease in the United States." The bacteria that causes Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of the blacklegged tick, also commonly known as a deer tick. The University of Florida's Department of Entomology and Nematology presents these...

 
Cornell University-Cooperative Extension: Tick Biology for the HomeownerPDF
 
Cornell University - Cooperative Extension hosts this site, which contains an article titled "Tick Biology for the Homeowner", by Renee R. Anderson and Laura C. Harrington. The article includes close-up images and short sections on Taxonomy and Description, Biology and Behavior, Guidelines on Safe Tick Removal, and...

 
American Lyme Disease Foundation
 
The American Lyme Disease Foundation is "dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections." Their website presents comprehensive information on Lyme disease, its prevention, and diagnosis. Images of ticks are available to familiarize the public with their...

 
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: A Focus of Deer Tick Virus Transmission in the Nort
 
This site, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contains a research article titled "A Focus of Deer Tick Virus Transmission in the Northcentral United States", by Gregory D. Ebel, Ivo Foppa, Andrew Spielman, and Sam R. Telford, III of the Harvard School of Public Health. The article reports on a deer...

 
Lyme Disease Research
 
Maine Medical Center Research Institute's Lyme Disease Research Laboratory provides this website focusing on ticks and the control of tick-borne diseases. This site is divided into several sections. The first section "Tick Borne Diseases" contains resources on diseases caused by tick-borne pathogens, such as Lyme...

 
Lyme Disease
 
This patient education program discusses Lyme disease including the cause, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. This resource is a MedlinePlus Interactive Health Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine, designed and developed by the Patient Education Institute. NOTE: This tutorial requires a special...

 
Pathology Case Study: White Matter Lesions
 
This is a case study presented by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Pathology in which a 22-year-old man, treated years ago for Lyme disease, is showing deep white matter lesions on MRI. Visitors are given both the microscopic and gross descriptions, including images, and are given the opportunity to...


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