Tick Collection in Mansfield, CT
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Maria Diuk-Wasser (second from right) and three research assistants prepare to collect ticks in Mansfield,Conn., as part of an ongoing study of the range of babesiosis and how it is evolving.
Researchers drag corduroy cloths through the dense underbrush to capture ticks.
A precise record is kept of where and when each tick is collected.
- GPS information is recorded at each drag site.
The drag cloths are inspected closely in order to find ticks that are about the size of a poppy seed.
- All ticks from each 20 meter section are transported back to the YSPH lab in individual tubes.
Specimens are carefully packaged for later analysis.
Maria Diuk-Wasser and research assistants Kayleigh O'Keeffe (left), Alyssa Woronik and Tanner Steeves.