Tick Diseases

Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is spread by the bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, and can only be transferred through the bite of an infected black-legged tick. Lyme disease is the most common disease transferred by ticks in the Northern hemisphere.



Anaplasmosis can only be transmitted by an infected deer tick and western black-legged tick. The northeast and upper Midwest are reported most frequently in the United States for the transmission of Anaplasmosis by ticks.



Babesiosis has the ability to contaminate the red blood cells of an infected host and is transmitted by black-legged ticks and parasites. The infection is commonly spread in the northeast and the upper Midwest regions of the United States.



Many different species of Bartonellosis can cause disease and the symptoms may vary. Bartonellosis can be transferred by deer ticks and western black-legged ticks. It can also be spread by the cat-scratch fever disease.



Ehrlichiosis is a universal name used to describe numerous infectious diseases. The most common regions in the U.S. Ehrlichiosis is reported in starts from Texas towards the east coast and also California.



Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
(RMSF) is a common disease spread by ticks that affect humans and dogs. Ticks carrying this disease are the American dog tick, Rocky Mountain wood tick, and the brown dog tick.




Tularemia is an unusual disease where rodents and rabbits are commonly known to become infected. Humans are also able to contract this disease. Ticks carrying Tularemia are the dog tick, wood tick, and lone-star tick.



Mycoplasmosis is a disease that can be difficult to treat due to the bacterium having an odd structure making it resistant to many types of antibiotics.



Relapsing Fever
Characteristics of Relapsing Fever include a cycle of symptoms coming and going until proper treatment is taken.



Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI)
The cause of STARI is considered to be unknown although research suggests the bacterium, Borrelia lonestari may be responsible.



Information regarding other tick-borne illnesses.