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Ticks and Tickborne Disease

Centers for Disease Control

We think of ticks as active only in the warmer months, but if you’ve been outdoors on these mild winter days you may have brought home an unwanted guest. Is a warming climate changing tick behavior or their lifecycle? What is the prevalence of tickborne disease in our region and which ticks are carrying disease? We also discuss how to reduce our risk of getting bitten by a tick.

Our guests:
Stephen Rich — Professor of microbiology at UMASS Amherst and the executive director of the newly established New England Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases.

Larry Dapsis — Deer Tick Program Coordinator and Entomologist with Barnstable County

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Mindy Todd is the host and producer of <i>The Point</i> on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 40 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.