Learn about tick-borne disease

Tick-borne diseases are illnesses that are transmitted to humans & animals through the bite of an infected tick. 

Ticks are small, blood-sucking arachnids that are found throughout the world, & they can carry a variety of disease-causing microorganisms such as bacteria & parasites. 

Tick-borne diseases can cause a wide range of symptoms, from mild flu-like symptoms to more severe & potentially life-threatening illnesses.

 Common symptoms include fever, headache, muscle & joint pain, fatigue, & a rash.

Examples of tick-borne diseases include:Lyme disease: caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. 

Which is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (also known as the deer tick) in North America, & the sheep tick in Europe & Asia. 

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: is caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsia, which is transmitted by the American dog tick. 

Ehrlichiosis & anaplasmosis: caused by bacteria that infect white blood cells & are transmitted by the Lone Star tick & the black-legged tick.

Babesiosis: caused by a parasite that infects red blood cells & is transmitted by the black-legged tick.

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