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Tick IPM Toolbox #2: What Happens When/If Reducing Source or Preventing Tick Bites Has Failed


Jun 24, 2020 12:42 PM

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Dr. Stephen M. Rich
Professor @Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Rich studies vector-borne zoonoses, i.e. those whose transmission is facilitated by a blood feeding arthropod. In particular, he has focused on the study of Lyme Borreliosis (Lyme Disease) and human malaria. His lab is currently studying not just the basic biology of these pathogens and their transmission, but also investigating means of intervening. In the realm of tick-borne diseases, they’ve engaged a first-of-its-kind passive surveillance for established (eg. Lyme) and emerging (eg. Anaplasma, Babesia, and Bartonella) pathogens in the range of human-biting ticks. From that work they’re finding spread of emergent pathogens and that in turn drives efforts to learn the causes of that spread.