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According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number cases of tick-borne diseases is on a steady rise in the United States. Lyme disease, however, isn’t the only disease ticks can transmit to humans with a bite. There are a number of similar life-threatening tickborne diseases that pose a significant threat to public health.
The best defense against Lyme disease and those other diseases is to avoid contact with ticks altogether. Best methods include wearing long pants and sleeved shirts and treating high-use areas with a tick-killing insecticide.
Before we delve into the specifics of tickborne diseases, here’s a thorough checklist to avoid tick bites:
You can minimize your risk of tick bites by:
By following these guidelines, you can greatly minimize the risks of getting tick bites. If, however, you’re bitten by a tick, you should be aware of the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and other diseases that can be transmitted by these pests.
This infectious disease is transmitted by ticks that carry a bacteria that severely effects human health. Within a week of being bitten by an infected tick, a person will develop a red, bull’s eye-shaped rash at the bite site. From that point, the bacteria triggers a variety of symptoms including fatigue, headaches and a fever. As the disease progresses, joint pains are most common, but other signs of the disease include severe headaches, facial paralysis and tingling in the arms and legs. If left untreated, the disease can linger for years, and it can be fatal in extreme cases.
Lyme disease is certainly the most well-known of the diseases that can be spread by tick bites. However, researchers are signaling that other tick-borne diseases are becoming more prevalent, too. Among them are:
Tick diseases are becoming so prevalent because the population of ticks in North America is swelling. Likewise, people are encountering them more often as human population centers encroach further into areas that support tick-carrying wildlife. Climate change is another factor, since increasing temperatures allow ticks to thrive in areas where they wouldn’t have existed before. Also, increasing deer populations are giving ticks a reliable, and highly mobile, food source.
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