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DIAGRAM: How MU researchers test tick-borne illnesses

October 8, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
MU researchers have studied a trend among animals with tick-borne infections. The researchers inoculate the animal with a tick-borne illness, then treat the infection with antibiotics when the animal begins to show signs of disease. The researchers then place ticks on the animal and test the blood the ticks consume. The tests show that even when the animal shows no signs of the disease, the infection remains in their blood. In most cases, this leads to a relapse of the disease.

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