Esteve-Gassent Collaborates with Eagle Scout on Texas Tick Research
Posted February 28, 2017
Dr. Maria D. Esteve-Gassent
Eagle Scout Michael Kinsey is collaborating with Dr. Maria D.
Esteve-Gassent, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), to perform a
statewide tick drag as part of his Eagle Scout project.
Kinsey initiated the project after hearing about
Esteve-Gassent’s research to map the presence of ticks in Texas and
to test for pathogens the ticks may be carrying, such as Lyme
disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
As part of the project, Boy Scouts across the state are
conducting tick drags and sending their samples to Esteve-Gassent’s
lab for testing. In the process of collecting samples, Boy Scout
troops will learn how to avoid tick bites at campground sites.
Though Kinsey has suffered from Lyme disease for six years, he
has learned to overcome the challenges associated with this
disease. He hopes this project will accelerate Esteve-Gassent’s
research and positively impact human and veterinary medicine
regarding diseases spread by ticks.
Kinsey’s Eagle Scout project ends April 2017. To learn more
about this project, or to help or donate, visit tickdrag.com.
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