Disease Risks from Ticks

Jun 15, 2017 / In the News

Chicago Tonight (WTTW; June 15) – For the past 15 years, Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz has been studying vector-borne illnesses spread by mosquitoes and ticks while a clinical professor at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine.

While most of her research has focused on mosquitoes and West Nile virus, she “turned her attention to ticks” two years ago. “It’s really because the number of tick-borne illnesses has been increasing so dramatically,” O’Hara Ruiz said. “Worldwide it’s been an area of increasing concern in many places as we’re finding new pathogens we didn’t know about.”