Researcher uses his nose in study of emerging diseases

A tick lodged inside a U.S. researcher's nose was likely picked up during a trip to Uganda, and it could hold clues to emerging zoonotic diseases. Veterinarian Tony Goldberg of the University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered the tick nestled in his nostril after returning to the U.S. from Uganda, where he travels twice yearly to study how emerging diseases may jump from nonhuman primates to people. "When you first realize you have a tick up your nose, it takes a lot of willpower not to claw your face off," said Goldberg. The findings suggest that ticks that feed on nonhuman primates and people could spread pathogens between them.

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