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Ticks and the Diseases They Carry

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar with Alison Hinckley and Rick Ostfeld aired September 29, 2020, as the second program in the Disease Vectors of the U.S.A. series. Watch a recording in the player above.


As land is deforested and tick ranges expand, Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are a growing threat to humans and pets. In Part 2 of Disease Vectors in the U.S.A., we discuss the ecological context of tick-borne disease with consideration for how environmental factors and human behavior contribute to disease risk. Our experts also share measures to reduce your risk of illness. The speakers are Alison Hinckley, researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Rick Ostfeld, disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

Moderator: Yvonne Linton, Ph.D., of the National Museum of Natural History and the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit

Disease Vectors of the U.S.A. 

In addition to remaining vigilant about preventing the spread of COVID-19, we must also be aware of the diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks as we and our pets take in the outdoors. West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Lyme, and heartworm are just a few of the diseases that we and our pets risk contracting when outdoors. Listen to what experts have to say about the hidden lives of mosquitoes and ticks and how to protect yourself, your family, and your pets against mosquito- and tick-borne illnesses.  

These programs were presented as Zoom video webinars and hosted in conjunction with the exhibition, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World.

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