Officials brought tick to press conference to warn about tick-borne diseases, but it escaped

Officials from Japan's Miyazaki Prefectural Government brought a live tick for a photo opp at a press conference about the dangers of thrombocytopenia syndrome, a tick-born disease that's recently infected some citizens there. Problem is, the tick escaped when someone tried picking it up with tweezers.

From the Japan Times:

“We should have been more careful about safety management as the prefecture is in a position to alert its people,” Miyazaki Gov. Shunji Kono said at a regular news conference Tuesday...


The officials and reporters looked for the missing tick in vain. The officials sprayed insecticide in the room and disinfected the room that night, they said.


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