MIYAZAKI — An ixodid tick that was on display here during a press conference at the Miyazaki Prefectural Government office on Sept. 4 has gone missing, causing chaos, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.
The tick was presented to the media as part of the prefectural government’s drive to warn people about “severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS),” which is transmitted by ixodid ticks.
It had been brought to the conference venue by a prefectural government employee, and placed on a sheet of white paper together with another ixodid tick that had died after sucking some blood. The live tick suddenly went missing following a photo session.
The tick’s sudden disappearance caused commotion in the room, with journalists and prefectural employees frantically searching for …