Tiny but Treacherous: Pics and Flicks Feature Disease-Bearing Ticks

NIAID Now | November 20, 2017

A male adult dog tick, or Dermacentor variabilis, crawls over a penny.

Credit: NIAID

Though they are little, ticks and the diseases they can carry can have a fierce negative impact on your health.

Tickborne diseases are becoming a serious problem in the United States, but scientists at NIAID and NIAID-supported institutions are searching for better ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent these illnesses and to control populations of ticks that transmit microbes.

For a visual trek through several species of ticks, check out NIAID’s Tick Pics and Flicks—a collection of photographs and video footage of the diverse arachnids known to carry pathogens that cause illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tularemia and more. Learn more about NIAID research on tick-borne diseases.

Tick Pics and Flicks

 

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