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Dr. Jean Tsao: Ticks, the diseases they cause, and how to avoid them

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In the United States, May through July is peak season for ticks, whose bites can cause serious diseases in people and pets.

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, SciLine interviewed:

Dr. Jean Tsao is an associate professor in the department of fisheries and wildlife and the department of large animal clinical sciences at Michigan State University. She discussed topics including:

  • Factors contributing to the sharp rise in cases of U.S. tick-borne diseases in recent years, such as climate change expanding the ranges where ticks live, and changes in land use bringing people into contact with ticks more frequently;
  • Which diseases are carried by ticks in the United States, and where they can be found;
  • How to reduce the chances of being bitten by ticks when hiking, camping, or spending time outside in other ways;
  • How to reduce the number of ticks in your yard; and
  • When and how to search yourself, your kids, and/or your pets for ticks, and what to do if you find one.

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