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Ticks are parasitic arachnids that inhabit every region of the United States. Ticks can spread diseases through feeding on the blood of mammals and birds. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection you can get from the bite of a Blacklegged tick (deer tick), which can lead to long term health effects and can ultimately lead to fatality. Depending on location, up to 50% of ticks in the given area can carry Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a problem and climate change could make it even worse. Whether or not a tick dies in the winter depends on how deep they burrow to go dormant, or if they attach themselves to a host. There is little research to how recent climate changes have affected ticks that carry Lyme disease. This study examines whether annual snowfall correlates with Lyme disease cases. It is possible that with increased snowfall, it can insulate the ground more and could increase tick survival. BIO 340 final project


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