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  • Lyme disease tick adapts to life on the (fragmented) prairie

    The Lyme disease tick, seen here in its larval, nymph and adult forms, is advancing across "the prairie state."

    The Lyme disease tick, seen here in its larval, nymph and adult forms, is advancing across "the prairie state."

    Photo by Illinois Natural History Survey

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      The Lyme disease tick, seen here in its larval, nymph and adult forms, is advancing across "the prairie state."

      Photo by Illinois Natural History Survey

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      A new study found a potential new reservoir of Lyme disease: the prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster).

      Photo by Michael Jeffords, Illinois Natural History Survey

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      Former graduate student Jennifer Rydzewski (left), natural resources and environmental sciences emeritus professor Richard Warner and Nohra Mateus-Pinilla, a wildlife veterinary epidemiologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, found that Lyme disease is adapting to new habitats in Central Illinois.

      Photo by Diana Yates

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