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    Default Lyme Disease Starts With A Mouse, Not The Tick

    Bryan Hubbard
    September 2 2019

    Debilitating Lyme disease is caused by a tick bite, as everyone knows—but now researchers have discovered how the tick gets to be a carrier in the first place, opening the door to new ways of preventing its spread.
    It all starts with the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)—and not the tick. The mouse, which lives in forests and wetlands, harbors the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, and it's the ticks that feed off the mouse that pass it on to people.

    Read more: https://www.wddty.com/news/2019/09/l...=1567510538348
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    Default Re: Lyme Disease Starts With A Mouse, Not The Tick

    The mouse vector should be well known by now. I've read advice on how to eliminate mice from your home environment by placing toilet paper rolls stuffed with poison around places where mice are apt to pass. Great idea, if you don't have cats. I have two, and both are great mousers. I'd rather let the cats deal with the mouse population, which they do very effectively, than take the risk of a cat catching and eating a poisoned mouse!
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