The Pennsylvania Tick Research Lab at East Stroudsburg University in the Poconos tests ticks from many states and even other countries. The lab technicians test the tick’s DNA and send the results back to the host within three business days. The results explain the type of things the tick was carrying. Unfortunately, more than half of the ticks tested are carrying some type of disease.
Ticks can carry Lyme Disease and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania has had the highest number of Lyme disease cases in the U.S. since 2000. The CDC found 7,457 cases reported in 2014. To help identify cases of Lyme disease, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services gave the lab $500,000 to test ticks for Pennsylvania residents, free of charge.
For more information on testing, visit the East Stroudsburg University website.
Read the full article on the Pennsylvania Tick Research Lab in the Philadelphia Inquirer