Just what we needed…another tick-borne pathogen

The Lone Star tick – Amblyomma americanum

A new type of phlebovirus was discovered in several Missouri men in 2009 and named Heartland virus. The virus is suspected to spread from infected Lone star ticks to humans. Today I came across a recent CDC report of several other cases confirmed in two states. Currently we know very little about this virus, including the types of ticks that can transmit it or whether other animals are involved in the transmission cycle.

About britdodson

Over several years as a research scientist, I’ve realized that we fail to communicate research in fun and exciting ways. We’re often misquoted, not due to journalist errors, but because our scientific language is complicated and riddled with jargon. I want to improve my communication abilities with this blog by using techniques from creative writing and applying them to nonfiction scientific writing. But, in order to be skilled at writing one must practice (so says writers like Stephen King). This blog will serve as my first venture into science writing. I'm very passionate about entomology, infectious diseases and human health, so my posts will initially focus on those topics.
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