Wisconsin Researchers Hope App Helps Better Identify Where Ticks Are Found

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July 09, 2018 01:56 PM

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are hoping a new smartphone app will help them gain a better understanding of where people come across ticks in the state.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Tick App helps people identify ticks and provides instructions on how to remove them from the body. The app gives users daily reminders to keep track of when and where they find ticks.

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RELATED: Local Labs Begin to Test Ticks for Illnesses

It comes as the state is increasingly a hotbed for tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease.

Susan Paskewitz is the chairwoman of the entomology department at UW-Madison and helped develop the app. She said researchers are collecting data on all types of ticks, but they're especially interested in nymph data.

Nymphs are larvae that have molted into young ticks that carry illnesses they acquire while feeding as larvae.


 

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