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Ticks the Target for Epidemiologist

HARRISON COUNTY, MO — C. Jon Hinkle of Bethany, MO, has become something of a celebrity among health officials for his leading role in attempts to identify the source of a mysterious illness that has infected some area residents. Hinkle is a senior epidemiologist with the Missouri Department of Health. He spends his summers in the backwoods of Northwest Missouri collecting ticks for a research project involving national health organizations.

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