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Welcome to the October NPHL E-News 2021 Edition
Updates from The Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), featuring one or more articles each month. NPHL shares important laboratory and public health information, keeping clinical labs up to date about issues in Nebraska and around the world.
Lyme Disease in Nebraska
By Jeff Hamik, MS, Vector-Borne Disease Epidemiologist / Entomologist, Ne DHHS
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) was notified of two potential cases of Lyme disease from a local public health jurisdiction. An epidemiological investigation determined that the first case met the CDC confirmed case definition for Lyme disease. A further investigation revealed no known tick attachment or out-of-state travel; however, residence near a wooded area and exposure to that wooded area was confirmed. Find out where by clicking "Read More" below.

Image 2. Four (3 female; 1 male) Ixodes scapularis (black-legged ticks) collected from two exposure sites. The male tick is located at the top of the image with the three other ticks female. Photo courtesy of Jeff Hamik (Nebraska DHHS).
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