What Diseases Do Deer Ticks Carry?

What kind of diseases do deer ticks carry?

Deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, are spreading in the US. These ticks can carry Lyme disease, babesiosis, and a number of other pathogens including Powassan virus.

Do all deer ticks carry Lyme disease?

Only two species of tick transmit Lyme disease, both from the genus Ixodes. The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), often referred to as the deer tick, is found throughout the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. That’s because only a fraction of blacklegged ticks carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

Do wood ticks carry disease?

Lone star ticks, the American dog tick, the Rocky Mountain wood tick and the brown dog tick do not transmit the disease. Fact: First of all, not all deer ticks are infected with the Lyme disease bacterium. Second, if a tick is removed within 24 hours of biting, risk of infection drops dramatically.

What are the tick borne diseases?

In the United States, tick-borne diseases include the following:

  • Anaplasmosis.
  • Babesiosis.
  • Borrelia miyamotoi infection*
  • Bourbon virus disease*
  • Colorado tick fever.
  • Ehrlichiosis.
  • Heartland virus (HRTV) disease*
  • Lyme disease*

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