Tick Identification

The tick is submitted for identification by microscopic examination to which the sample tick is compared to a standard reference tick library.

Tick Testing

The tick is tested for an infectious agent using a sensitive DNA based screening technique known as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).

The tick can be submitted dead or alive.

The test result of the tick screen does not rule out or confirm the transmission of the agent or exposure to the patient.

The result is intended to provide you and your physician or veterinarian with important information, when combined with other information, to help determine risk of exposure and subsequent clinical treatment and follow–up.

Diagnostic Panel I (DP01)

  • Disease: Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Bartonellosis, Borrelia miyamotoi
  • Agent: Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilium, Babesia microti, Bartonella henselae, Borrelia miyamotoi
  • Fee: $175.00/Tick


  • Disease: Lyme disease
  • Agent: Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Fee: $50.00/Tick


  • Disease: Anaplasmosis
  • Agent: Anaplasma phagocytophilium
  • Fee: $50.00/Tick


  • Disease: Babesiosis
  • Agent: Babesia microti
  • Fee: $50.00/Tick


  • Disease: Bartonellosis
  • Agent: Bartonella henselae
  • Fee: $50.00/Tick

Diagnostic Panel II (DP02)

  • Disease: STARI, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia
  • Agent: Borrelia lonestari, Ehrlichia chaffeensis, Ehrlichia ewingii, Rickettsia rickettsii, Francisella tularensis
  • Fee: $175.00/Tick

STARI (Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness

  • Disease: STARI
  • Agent: Borrelia lonestari
  • Fee: $50.00/Tick


  • Disease: Ehrlichiosis
  • Agent: Ehrlichia chaffeensis, Ehrlichia ewingii
  • Fee: $50.00/Tick


  • Disease: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Agent: Rickettsia rickettsii
  • Fee: $50.00/Tick


  • Disease: Tularemia
  • Agent: Francisella tularensis
  • Fee: $50.00/Tick

To Learn more about ESU's Wildlife DNA Laboratory and the services available, please contact Nicole Chinnici at nchinnici@esu.edu

Contact Information

Campus Address
ESU Innovation Center
(570) 422-7892
(570) 422-3724 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Nicole Chinnici
(570) 422-7891
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