Long-term study on ticks reveals shifting migration patterns, disease risks

An IU news release about long-term changes in risks for tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease attracted coverage from state, local and national media outlets, including a story on MSN Health & Fitness. The release was prompted by a new study from the lab of IU professor Keith Clay, who has received over $2.7 million since 2002 to investigate the microbes found in the bodies of ticks and their hosts. The news also got a boost through its strategic release near the start of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, as well as inclusion in the May 11 issue of Newswise’s MedWire and front page coverage on NSF’s daily news digest, Science360.

An infographic created to accompany the story was also shared widely, especially on social media, and will appear in the August/September issue of Mother Earth News, a national environmental magazine with a circulation of about a half million.

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