Approaching tick season: Bill Morice, M.D., Ph.D.


Answers from the Lab

As warm weather returns so do vector-borne diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitos.  

In this episode of “Answers From the Lab,” host Bobbi Pritt, M.D., chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, and William Morice II, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Laboratories, discuss the increasing rates of tick-borne diseases and how to test for and prevent them. They also discuss what to watch from a federal legislative standpoint now that Congress is back in session.

Specific topics of discussion include: 

  • How ticks are spreading their geographic ranges and responsible for a range of tick-borne diseases.
  • How tick-borne illnesses can be difficult to diagnose, and the importance of proper lab testing.
  • Preventing diseases by protecting yourself and your pets from tick bites.
  • An update on federal legislation that could impact laboratory medicine.

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Answers from the Lab is a Mayo Clinic Laboratories curated podcast sharing knowledge and advancements regarding the state of testing, laboratory science, and the people who make it all happen behind the scenes. 

Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date.

Suzanne Ferguson (@suzannerferguson)

Suzanne Ferguson

Suzanne Ferguson is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories and has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2014. Outside of work, Suzanne can be found traveling, reading and spending time with her family.