Bay Area’s unwanted coastal tourists: Disease-bearing ticks

A beachgoer walks by grasslands at the shoreline in Muir Beach on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Grassy areas and coastal scrub are among the habitats where ticks are found. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal) 

A study of ticks in coastal Northern California found that up to 8% in Marin County carried the pathogen for Lyme disease, a potentially debilitating condition for humans, according to the lead researcher.

Moreover, in some spots of Marin, a third of the parasites screened during the study carried the Lyme bacteria or one of two other tick-borne diseases, said the researcher, Dan Salkeld, an ecologist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

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