Ticks, Mites and Mysterious Lone Star Illnesses

Coloured SEM of engorged female dog tick. Gregory S. Paulson/Cultura/Getty

Ticks are, in the words of Pliny the Elder, “the foulest and nastiest creature that be.” If these blood sucking arachnids and their mite brethren weren’t horrible enough, they’re second only to the mosquito in the risk of blood borne human pathogens. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss ticks, chiggers and the mysterious illnesses associated with the lone star tick -- one of which generates a meat allergy in the host.

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Topics in this Podcast: biology, vampires, disease