Fighting Ticks With a Tap of the Phone
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00:11 It's called The Tick App, and that's
00:12 how you can find it in any app stores for free.
00:15 One of things that we're doing with the app
00:17 is collecting information.
00:19 We ask them about tick encounters
00:21 if they found a tick on themselves,
00:23 and we ask them if they use any protective measures.
00:26 The app is easy.
00:27 It's on your phone.
00:28 It's so easy to use.
00:29 It reinforces the precautions and the things
00:32 that you should be thinking about.
00:34 Tick-borne diseases also have been increasing
00:36 in more urbanized areas.
00:37 So we've become real interested in understanding
00:40 how the animals are bringing the ticks into the city
00:43 and how are people encountering them.
00:45 Someone finds a tick on themselves.
00:47 They can report it to us, and they can take a picture of it,
00:50 and we can identify it for them.
00:52 And there's also a lot of information
00:54 on how to remove the tick and then how to prevent them
00:57 in the first place.
00:58 It's going to help Columbia University.
01:00 It's going to help you, and it's going to train you
01:04 on steps that you could take.
01:05 Which of these can you identify as a tick?
01:09 So I would say there's three of them that are ticks.
01:14 So we chose this location for our research
01:17 because it provides an opportunity
01:18 to really study how animals are bringing
01:21 the ticks into the city.
01:22 We're studying deer, how they move through the city
01:25 and deposit ticks.
01:26 And other animals are infecting these ticks
01:28 with the pathogen that can cause Lyme disease.
01:31 Columbia University, they're in Manhattan.
01:33 They're so far.
01:34 We're in the farthest part of New York City
01:36 away from Manhattan, and yet we're benefiting from the study
01:42 that Columbia University is doing.
01:44 Tick-borne diseases have been increasing.
01:46 There are currently estimated 300,000 cases of Lyme disease
01:50 a year in the US.
01:51 We tend to think that this city is a protected
01:54 place, unfortunately, because of the lack of nature,
01:57 but that's changing.
01:58 We welcome nature in the city, and places like Staten Island,
02:00 for example, has beautiful forests,
02:02 but that can also bring in the host, the animals,
02:05 and the ticks that can bring these diseases.