EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Free tick testing is being offered across Pennsylvania.
If you’ve been bitten by a tick, you can mail it to the Tick Lab at East Stroudsburg University to find out what tick born illness you may have been exposed to.
What’s happening here in East Stroudsburg could help thousands of people across Pa.
In Pa, we make up 33 percent of the total cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. so it’s a really big health crisis in our state and there are a lot of unknowns in our state
-Nicole Chinnici, Laboratory Director, ESU Pa Tick Research Lab
The ESU Tick Lab is tracking what types of ticks are in the state and where they are found, but they need your help.
“Within 72 business hours you will receive your testing results,” Chinnici said.
The results will tell you if the tick was infected. They are being shared online at ticklab.org
An interactive map will break it down by county and eventually townships… even specific parks.
A similar project in Massachusetts had positive results.
The lab received $500 thousand in funding from the state and they currently accept ticks found on humans, dogs, cats, and horses.
Their goal is to test 10,000 ticks this year.