Tick-borne diseases found in Georgia include:
- Spotted fever rickettsiosis.
- Lyme Disease.
Do ticks in Georgia carry Lyme disease?
The disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick, also known as the deer tick because it’s a frequent parasite on deer, and the infection is found especially in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic and north-central states. The prevalence of Lyme disease in Georgia and the Southeast is reported to be low.
What kind of ticks are in Georgia?
Three tick species are most commonly associated with humans in Georgia: the Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum), American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) and black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis). The Lone Star tick has unusually long mouthparts.
How bad are ticks in Georgia?
But contrary to popular beliefs, ticks can remain active year-round and throughout the winter months. The Black-legged tick, in particular, survives and feeds during colder months in Georgia. This species of tick in Georgia carries Lyme disease— one of the most harmful transmitted by the insect.
How many cases of Lyme disease are reported in Georgia?
Every year, about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC by state health departments. In 2017, however, there were more than 42,000 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme reported to federal health officials. That includes eight confirmed cases in Georgia and no probable cases.