While Lyme disease is probably the most notorious health threat associated with ticks, it's just the beginning of the story.
Incidence of Lyme and other tick-transmitted disease is increasing, while new diseases are being discovered and certain tick species are expanding their geographic range. All of this amounts to heightened risk to the public.
Because it's easy to unknowingly pick up ticks while outdoors, that risk increases with the onset of warmer weather that draws people out of the house—especially in the COVID-19 era, as many are seeking relief from "quarantine fatigue."
Dr. Stafford will briefly discuss ticks, tick-borne disease incidence, and basic tick biology. He will also review environmental methods for tick-bite prevention and tick control, along with some barriers to effective tick management and tick-bite prevention in the United States.