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Latest app allows you to assist scientists in tick research

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 12:36:13-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University, the University of Wisconsin, and Columbia University are offering all of us the ability to assist them in their research on ticks.

Yes, that's right ticks.

You can do this by using what these schools are calling The Tick App.

The app allows users to track their daily routines and inform researchers where and when they have encountered ticks.

Researches hope to get a good deal of data from those living in a high risk location, such as the mid-Michigan region.

The app is downloadable on both Apple and Android devices.

Once a person logs in as a participant the individual will be asked to take a survey.

The survey will help researches capture a baseline of the person's risk of exposure to ticks.

He or she will then be asked to start a tick diary.

The diary is an activity report and can take as little as a minute to complete.

It is hoped that the report captures how one encountered a tick and what the person did that day.

Researchers are hoping to collect at least 15 reports from each participant.

The schools involved want to use the research collected to assist them in their study of Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease (infections transmitted by the bite of infected arthropod species, such as mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, etc.) in the United States.

Scientists hope to use the information to help design "integrated control strategies to prevent diseases transmitted by ticks."

This program is being funded by the Centers for Disease Control.

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