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Warmer weather is thought to be behind the rise in vector-borne illnesses in recent years.

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Image of the Day: Glowing Tick

By The Scientist Staff | April 27, 2018

This lone star tick’s bite can cause an allergy to red meat.

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How Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria Traverse Blood Vessels

By Ben Andrew Henry | August 29, 2016

Borrelia burgdorferi move around the body by clinging to the inside of blood vessels with “catch bonds.”

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New Tick-Borne Virus Discovered

By Jenny Rood | February 23, 2015

Bourbon virus may have killed a previously healthy man in Kansas last year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

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Lyme Disease Discoverer Dies

By Molly Sharlach | November 24, 2014

Willy Burgdorfer, the medical entomologist who first found the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, has passed away at age 89.

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image: Virus Continues to Plague Midwest

Virus Continues to Plague Midwest

By Jef Akst | March 28, 2014

Researchers identify six new cases of the tick-borne Heartland virus in Missouri and Tennessee.

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Trouble in the Heartland

By Jef Akst | October 1, 2013

A new tick-borne disease has emerged in the US Midwest—and the culprit is not a bacterium. 

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image: Autism-Lyme Correlation Debunked

Autism-Lyme Correlation Debunked

By Amy Maxmen | April 30, 2013

Researchers find zero evidence for Lyme-induced autism.

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