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Researchers Head to New York City Parks to Gather Data on Tick Exposure

The chances of getting a tick bite in New York City—especially in the densely populated urban core—are relatively low, but can be significant in some urban forests. In the summertime, when city residents scatter to areas where ticks and Lyme disease are prevalent, whether it’s the woods, a lakefront or on the grassy paths that lead to ocean beaches, the risk increases.

Man inspects corduroy cloth for signs of ticks on grass
Rob Gullery, a master’s student in Columbia’s department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, inspects a corduroy cloth for signs of ticks. Photo by Christopher D. Shea

To better understand the effects of this exposure, Columbia researchers, led by disease ecologist Maria Diuk-Wasser, are heading to New York City and Western Long Island parks this month to measure the presence of ticks and enroll residents in a behavioral survey. The survey aims to better comprehend participants’ outdoor behavior and whether it puts them in close contact with ticks.

Read the full story on Columbia News.

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