McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

October 3, 2013

Tick that latched onto scientist’s nostril could be disease carrier


MCT

McALESTER — A tick that hitched a ride in a University of Wisconsin, Madison researcher’s nostril when he returned from Uganda last year may be a disease-carrying species that someday could pose a threat in the U.S.

The species’ DNA had never been sequenced for the U.S. National Tick Collection — the largest tick collection in the world at Georgia Southern University — until Tony Goldberg and his steady forceps provided the opportunity.

“When you first realize you have a tick up your nose, it takes a lot of willpower not to claw your face off,” said Goldberg, a professor of pathobiological sciences at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and associate director for research at the UW-Madison Global Health Institute.

“But my sense of being grossed out was balanced by my scientific curiosity.”