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Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, Kingston Greenways Association


Thursday May 10, 2018
7:30 PM

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:30 PM at the Kingston Firehouse, 8 Heathcote Road, Kingston

Dr. Alvaro Toledo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at Rutgers, will give a talk on a hot topic--Lyme disease, ticks and vector-borne pathogens. Free and open to the public.

About ticks: Ticks are the most important vectors for infectious diseases in the northern hemisphere, and second after mosquitoes worldwide. As a result, there is an increasing public health interest in tick-borne pathogens. Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of different vertebrate species. Typically, ticks have 4 stages (egg, larvae, nymph and adult) that feed on three different hosts in a two-year life cycle. Importantly, ticks can transmit different diseases including Lyme disease, Human granulocytic anaplasmosis and Babesisis among others. Lyme disease is by far the most prominent tick-borne disease in New Jersey with over 3000 cases per year. 


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