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The Summer Tick Forecast & New Ways to Fight Lyme Disease

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Ixodes scapularis, a blacklegged tick.

We get the latest on N.H. tick populations, health precautions, and research.  2017 is predicted to be a banner year for ticks - meaning more risk for all of us, from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.  How concerned should we be about Powassan virus?   There is no vaccine for Lyme disease, but biodiversity can help thwart it. And we'll find out about a promising treatment being developed for Lyme.

This show was originally broadcast on May 22, 2017. 

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Learn more about tick-borne disease ecology from theCary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, where guest Richard Ostfeld is a disease ecologist.  He is also a part ofThe Tick Project, which is testing environmental interventions to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in upstate New York.

The image below is helpful in explaining how the Lyme treatment that Dr. Mark Klempner is working on at MassBiologics works, and is different from a previous Lyme disease vaccine.

Credit MassBiologics of UMass Medical School.

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