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Tick Specialist

Local Address: Minnesota, United States
Minnesota Department of Health

Employment History

  • Epidemiologist
    Minnesota Department of Health
  • Tick-Borne Disease Specialist
    Minnesota Department of Health
  • Expert In Insect-Borne Diseases
    The Minnesota Health Department
  • Epidemiologist
    The Minnesota Health Department
  • Tick Specialist
    Department of Health
  • Epidemiologist
    Department of Health
  • Epidemiologist Supervisor
    Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • President
    National Association of Vector-Borne Disease Control Officials

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Content and Project Advisor
    Disease Detectives


  • MS
  • degrees
    University of Minnesota
  • B.S. degree , Wildlife Management
  • M.S. degree , Environmental Health ( Public Health Biology )
  • M.S. degree , Environmental Health ( Public Health Biology
198 Total References
Web References
Major Funding | Disease Detectives, 12 Aug 2014 [cached]
David Neitzel, Minnesota Department of Health
Ticks were likely shielded from the ..., 20 May 2014 [cached]
Ticks were likely shielded from the cold temperatures by the deep snow in wooded and brushy areas where ticks are found, according to David Neitzel, a tick specialist with MDH.
Neitzel said the MDH is finding a large number of adult blacklegged ticks in central and southeastern Minnesota field study locations and they expect immature nymph stage ticks to become active soon.
News September, 2012, 1 Sept 2012 [cached]
Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Dave Neitzel says the number of new cases should start to decline later this month. Neitzel says the final 2012 total should be well below peak West Nile years.
Minnesota's blacklegged ticks, also ... [cached]
Minnesota's blacklegged ticks, also called deer ticks, were likely insulated from cold winter temperatures by deep snow in the wooded and brushy areas where the ticks are found, said David Neitzel, a tick-borne disease specialist with the Minnesota Department of Health.
"We are currently finding large numbers of the adult blacklegged ticks at central and southeastern Minnesota field study locations and expect the immature nymph stage of the tick to become active very soon," Neitzel said.
The highest risk for exposure to disease-carrying ticks is typically from mid-May through mid-July when these small and hard to detect nymphs are active.
"We expect that tick-transmitted disease risk will be high again this year, including in those places that are historically high risk," Neitzel said.
"We think about climate change all ..., 5 Aug 2009 [cached]
"We think about climate change all the time," said David Neitzel, a Minnesota department expert in insect-borne diseases. With climate change, he said, "there is going to be a change in all the diseases we work on."
Neitzel said he's seen it personally on his property in Becker County.
"I've been stomping around up there since the early 1970s, but in just the last few years we're seeing black-legged ticks up there," he said. Deer ticks are also known as black-legged ticks.
To cite an example, Neitzel said, when timber companies cut down an older section of a forest the new growth is better for ticks.
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