Ticks have made Virginia home for decades to the ire of Virginians, but at the College of William and Mary, research is underway on how tick-borne diseases change annually.
College of William and Mary professor Matthias Leu has spent the past seven years studying how long-term weather patterns can change the prevalence of ticks and tick-borne diseases.
"Cold winters decrease the prevalence or the proportion of infected (Lone Star) ticks with the zoonotic disease Ehrlichia Chaffeensis," Leu said of his research. "That's a bacteria and it causes similar symptoms to Lyme disease. … It's not something to be cavalier about."
While his research showed a...