Troublesome Ticks

Troublesome Ticks

The Troublesome Ticks-DSCATT Research Project

Posted on 08.09.2021

Find out about this important research which aims to discover the cause(s) of Debilitating Symptom Complexes Attributed to Ticks (DSCATT) in Australia. Here you can find information on how you can join the study if you have been bitten by a tick,  information for medical personnel (if you are a doctor or nurse), or if you are working at a pathology collection centre, advice about which samples to collect.

We enrol people into the study when they are currently bitten by a tick – i.e. if you have a tick attached to you now! However, if you have been bitten by a tick within the past 72 hours and already removed it from your skin, we would like to hear from you to discuss your potential eligibility to join the study. If that is the case, please do not discard the tick as we need it for our research.

This study is not for people who were bitten by a tick in the past (i.e. more than 72 hours ago).

There is also a list of frequently asked questions about the project.

Follow the links below to find out more.

You can avoid tick bites outdoors by:

    • Wearing suitable clothing that reduces the amount of bare skin that is exposed.

    • Tuck long pants into socks and wear light coloured clothes so that any crawling ticks can be more easily seen and removed.

    • Use commercially available insect/arthropod repellents.

Murdoch University




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