Collecting Ticks for Studies and Surveys
It's not a fun job, but someone's got to do it.
Although we have an exploding epidemic on our hands, tick and tick borne disease
research hit a serious lull in Maryland once enough data was collected to
support a vaccine trial in the mid 1990's. Unfortunately, the unsuccessful
proverbial "cash cow" vaccine suffered a quick death after over 1,000 vaccine
adverse event reports were filed, and vaccine recipients were involved in law suits
against those they blamed for problems reportedly suffered as a result of the vaccine.
Since that time volunteer patient advocates have been collecting ticks,
recording data and raising funds to have ticks tested.
Larval tick sampling can be conducted in late August and early September,
when larval activity is at its peak in the north-east.
It is vital all clothing be
treated and all precautions taken to prevent volunteers from being bitten.
Nymphal tick sampling is conducted in late June and early July (north-east),
when nymphs are at their peak. Several sets of clothing should be treated and
on hand in the event of a volunteer should go through nests of
or will be in the field for several days.
Please see links to sub-pages below for more information.