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NASA Students Use Satellites to Check for Ticks
05.12.10
 
ASTER Vegetation and Soil Moisture Likely tick habitats related to high NDVI and soil moisture levels were identified around the Black Warrior River in Central Alabama. (Image Credit: NASA)
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Likely tick habitats related to high NDVI and soil moisture levels were identified around the Black Warrior River in Central Alabama. ASTER Vegetation and Soil Moisture satellite imagery. (Image Credit: NASA)
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Nathan Renneboog, UAB student team lead for the DEVELOP program presents information about using NASA satellite information to study Lyme disease in Alabama. Nathan Renneboog, UAB student team lead for the DEVELOP program presents information about using NASA satellite information to study Lyme disease in Alabama. (Image Credit: NASA/MSFC/Doug Stoffer)
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Tick Life Cycle Illustration shows the tick life cycle. (Image Credit: CDC)
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The blacklegged tick, shown here, is known as one of the disease transmitting organisms for Lyme disease. Blacklegged ticks, shown here, are known as one of the disease transmitting organisms for Lyme disease. The ticks, inject the organism when they bite infected mice, squirrels and other small animals, subsequently the ticks pass the pathogens to their human victims when they obtain a blood meal. (Image Credit: CDC)
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A bulls eye rash, a potential symptom of Lyme disease. Photograph depicts the pattern of a "bull's-eye" rash, which appears at the site of a tick bite on the right upper arm of a woman who subsequently contracted Lyme disease. Lyme disease patients who are diagnosed early, and receive proper antibiotic treatment, usually recover rapidly and completely. (Image Credit: CDC)
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Photograph shows one of the potential carriers of Lyme disease, the white footed mouse. Photograph shows one of the potential carriers of Lyme disease -- the white-footed mouse. (Image Credit: CDC)
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White tailed deer, as shown, are potential carriers of Lyme disease. White tailed deer, as shown, are potential carriers of Lyme disease. (Image Credit: CDC)
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Scanning electron micrographic image of an engorged female tick Under a low magnification of 23X, this scanning electron micrographic (SEM) image shows a back view of an engorged female tick, which had been extracted from the skin of a pet cat. Note the presence of some of the cat's fur, along with some of its skin tissue in which the tick's gnathosoma was still embedded, while it had been obtaining a blood meal from its feline host. (Image Credit: CDC.)
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Electron micrograph image of a male tick Under high magnification, this scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicts the base of "hair" emanating from the back of an unidentified male tick found on a cat. (Image Credit: CDC)
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