#CuriousGoat: Will Climate Change Help Ticks And Mosquitoes Spread Disease?

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Most creepy, crawly bugs are pretty much harmless when it comes to infectious diseases. But there are two classes of little critters that cause big — and we're talking big — problems: ticks and mosquitoes. To learn how climate change could alter the course of tick- and mosquito-borne diseases, we talked to two scientists who have devoted a major chunk of their careers to answering that question. Let's start with the bloodsuckers that can stay on your skin for days. Ticks Cocktail party chatter: These little guys aren't insects. They're arachnids. That's the same class of animal as spiders. What they cause: Ticks are best known for transmitting Lyme disease . But these arachnids carry more than a dozen diseases in the U.S., including spotted fevers,...

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