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Of Telescopes and Ticks: How Mount Wilson Observatory Became an Infectious Disease Study Site

An astronomer's mysterious malady became a golden opportunity for a medical entomologist

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THE HILLS HAVE TICKS

An aerial view of the tick country around Mount Wilson Observatory, which is nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains outside Los Angeles.....[ More ]

TICKED OFF

This soft-bodied tick ( Ornithodoros hermsii) is the same species that bit Larry Webster on the ankle, transmitting the spirochete bacteria ( Borrelia hermsii ) that causes relapsing fever.....[ More ]

BUG SLEUTH

Medical entomologist Tom Schwan of the Rocky Mountain Laboratory led the team that identified Larry Webster's illness as relapsing tick fever.....[ More ]

TELESCOPIC TRANSMISSION

Larry Webster's health troubles began after cleaning rodent feces and nesting material from the building that houses the century-old Snow Solar Telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory in California.....[ More ]

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