The Clock is Ticking

Just 2 people are confirmed to have died from tick-borne Bourbon virus—but the mysterious illness has researchers doubling down to learn if the virus, and others like it, are spreading between humans under the radar.
Researchers found the Bourbon virus in the Lone Star tick, known for causing red meat allergies—but confirming the vector requires a massive surveillance effort, and America’s tick surveillance is patchy at best.
That’s a gap the CDC is working to fill. But tackling a growing number of emerging tick-borne diseases requires arduous work of testing innumerable specimens, and being prepared to still not find the culprit.

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