Deer ticks found to harbor more than Lyme disease

11/13/2012 | International Business Times

Yale University researchers recently found that the deer tick, known to carry and transmit Lyme disease to animals and people, also harbors Babesia microti and likely transmits more deer tick virus to humans than previously thought. Furthermore, the researchers found the Lyme parasite bolstered B. microti populations. "We increasingly need to apply the most sophisticated genetic tools to identify the numerous new tick-borne microbes that have the theoretical capacity to infect humans," said researcher Sam Telford of Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

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