Ticks

Resources/References.  URLs below link to state and academic resources around New England.  All links contain information on tick-borne disease, protecting yourself, repellents, etc.  

Clinical References.

Talks Held in Harvard.

2018:

  • Click here to watch the 2018 "Tick Talk" with Larry Dapsis, Entomologist, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
  • Click here to review the presentation slides from the 2018 "Tick Talk" with Larry Dapsis, Entomologist, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension

2017:

  • Click here to watch the YouTube video of the 2017 "Tick Talk" with State Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. Katie Brown

Other interesting videos and articles. 

  • Click here to watch an 18-minute documentary featuring Larry Dapsis and describing his efforts on the Cape to educate people about ticks and tick-borne diseases.  Film made in 2017.
  • WGBH science reporter Heather Goldstone hosted a panel of experts to take a closer look at the growing public health threat of Lyme disease. Click here to watch. 
  • Click here to watch the PBS video, "How Ticks Dig In With a Mouth Full of Hooks", describing how ticks attach and the best method for removal.   
  • Click here to read a Harvard Press Tick Article

Tick Testing. Not all ticks carry bacteria that cause tick-borne disease.  Some people choose to test the tick to find out if it is carrying a bacterium.  However, if the tick tests positive, it does not necessarily mean the bacterium was transmitted through the bite, and a negative result does not mean that the person is free of tick-borne diseases (there could have been another, unobserved tick bite that caused an infection).

  • UMASS' Laboratory for Medical Zoology will test a tick and return results by e-mail three business days after receipt.  The also have an online FAQ and a real-time Chat to answer questions (9am- 5pm).  Information on submitting a tick here:  www.tickreport.com.  There is a fee.   Click here to read Nashoba Associated Boards of Health's announcement regarding the discount available to Harvard, and other NABH towns', residents.  

Stop by the BOH office at Town Hall for your complimentary tick remover (one per household, please).