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Where ticks like to attach, with guest Saravanan Thangamani, PhD, on Upstate's The Informed Patient podcast

Tiny creatures spread disease as they find their way onto humans

How ticks get onto humans and spread illness, such as Lyme disease, is explained by Saravanan Thangamani, PhD. Over the past four years, Thangamani’s lab has tested more than 26,000 ticks from Central and Upstate New York. A third of those ticks, which can move from deer to dogs, cats and humans, carried at least one disease-causing agent, most often the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. He’s a professor of microbiology and immunology at Upstate and the director of the SUNY Center for Vector-Borne Diseases.