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Hudson Valley mice unfazed by swarms of Lyme-infected ticks, study finds

In this undated photo provided by the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., a researcher holds a white footed mouse with deer ticks are attached its ear.
Photographer: The Associated Press
In this undated photo provided by the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., a researcher holds a white footed mouse with deer ticks are attached its ear.
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While bloodsucking ticks can lay waste to a moose and infect humans with devastating diseases, the tiny parasites and the bacteria they carry have no apparent effect on one wee woodland creature: the white-footed mouse. That conclusion in this month’s journal “Ecology” underscores why the mouse is such an effective transmitter of tick-borne afflictions such as Lyme disease, which affects about 30,000 people a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ...

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