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Feline Tick/Lyme Disease Surveillance Program

 

Dr. Dwight Bowman is conducting a study on ticks that have been removed from cats. Ticks can carry disease-causing pathogens, such as Lyme disease, which can infect many different species, including humans. While it is still unclear whether or not cats are susceptible to Lyme disease from ticks in the wild, it has been proven that they can be infected under laboratory conditions, and some have even responded to treatment. The goal of this study is to determine the types of ticks that are attaching to cats, how many ticks are infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and where these ticks are located around the country.

ELIGIBILITY: This study is interested in whole ticks removed from cats.

COMPENSATION: No compensation is available.

CONTACT: For information on how to send the ticks visit the study website or email fhcticks@cornell.edu.