Even in winter, be aware of ticks and the diseases they carry
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about the Asian longhorned tick and its ability to cause "massive infestations" because it is spreading across parts of the United States at a time when diseases spread by tick, mosquito and flea bites are on the rise. Brian Leydet, PhD, an expert in ticks and tick-borne diseases, talks about the Asian longhorned tick, which primarily affects livestock, and other varieties of ticks and the challenges they pose. Leydet is an assistant professor in the department of environmental and forest biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, and he also holds a position in Upstate's department of microbiology and immunology. Click here for more information on ticks from the CDC, including the diseases they are associated with and safety tips.