“Mayo Clinic Minute”: On the Trail with Tick Researchers


The most common tick-borne sickness in the U.S. is Lyme disease, but there are other lesser-known illnesses that also can be transmitted by a tick bite. And, although they are sometimes overlooked, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these tick-borne diseases pose an increasing threat to public health.

That's why researchers routinely head into the woods to learn more about ticks. Knowing where they’re living and what pathogens they're carrying could bolster treatment options and strengthen disease prevention techniques.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Jeff Olsen tags along with Mayo Clinic parasitic diseases expert Bobbi Pritt, M.D., to see how she tracks ticks in the Midwest.


Kelley Luedke

Kelley Luedke

Kelley Luedke is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She is the principle editor and writer of Insights and leads social media and direct marketing strategy. Kelley has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2013. Outside of work, you can find Kelley running, traveling, playing with her kitty, and exploring new foods.