News From the North Texas Lyme Group!
I am the director of the Tick-Borne Disease Research Center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. I am requesting your help in spreading the following message. Our lab is supported by the state of Texas to test any and all ticks found on Texas citizens for the presence of several disease-causing organisms including the Lyme spirochete and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Group Rickettsia bacteria. This service is FREE OF CHARGE to Texas citizens for ticks found on their person (not pets). To use this service, ticks must be submitted to the TX Dept. of State Health Services. Information and submittal forms can be found at the following site:http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/health/zoonosis/tickBites/Following preliminary analysis of the tick species, the sample will be sent to us for pathogen DNA testing. In general, results should be back in less than a week. Your involvement on this page suggests you more than most understand the importance of this service. Please take a moment to share this information with your friends and loved ones.
Tick Submission and Testing Instructions and Form
Infectious Disease Control UnitMail Code: 1960 PO BOX 149347 – Austin, TX 78714-93471100 West 49th Street, Suite T801Austin, TX 78714