Lyme Disease-Carrying Ticks Found on Northern California Beaches

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A Close Up Of An Adult Female, An Adult Male, Nymph And Larva Tick. Ticks Cause An Acute Inflammatory Disease Characterized By Skin Changes, Joint Inflammation, And Flu-Like Symptoms Called Lyme Disease. (Getty Images)

As Californians get ready to go to the beach this summer, there's a new worry to consider: ticks that carry Lyme disease. A new four-year study has found that the coastal brushlands from Mendocino to Monterey are home to Lyme disease-carrying ticks, which were previously thought to populate mainly inland areas.  We'll talk about the study and how you can protect yourself from tick bites. For a more detailed look at how ticks function and carry out Lyme disease, check out this episode from KQED's Science team.



Dan Salkeld, research biologist, Colorado State University; author of a new study on tick-borne pathogens in California

Lia Gaertner, education and outreach director, Bay Area Lyme Foundation