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    Default Study Finds Ticks Choose Humans Over Dogs When Temperature Rises

    Patrick Barkham
    November 17 2020

    Confining a young researcher in one box and a dog in another and unleashing blood-sucking ticks to scamper between the boxes sounds like a stunt from I’m A Celebrity.
    But the stomach-churning scientific experiment has revealed that ticks carrying the deadly Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) disease are more than twice as likely to shift their feeding preference from dogs to humans when temperatures rise.
    The study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), observed whether the ticks, which use smell to seek out a host upon whose blood to feed, scuttled along a plastic tube towards the dog or the human.

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    Default Re: Study Finds Ticks Choose Humans Over Dogs When Temperature Rises

    This is good to know. I hope readers also know that if they are bitten, they need to contact their doctor immediately to get a prescription for doxycycline. It's only a single pill but it will offset any dangers from the tick bite if it's taken immediately, that is, within 24-48 hours.
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