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How can ticks spread disease?

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Ticks spread disease by passing along bacteria, viruses, and parasites (organisms that feed off their hosts). Most of these illnesses give you the typical flulike symptoms, such as chills, fever, headache, and muscle aches.

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Tick-Borne Diseases.”

Illinois Department of Public Health: “Common Ticks.”

Purdue University, Medical Entomology, “Ticks.”

CDC: “Life Cycle of Hard Ticks That Spread Disease,” “Geographic Distribution of Ticks That Bite Humans,” “Lyme Disease,” “Symptoms of Tickborne Illness,” “Tickborne Diseases of the United States,” “Anaplasmosis,” “Babesiosis,” “What you need to know about  ,” “Colorado Tick Fever,” “Powassan Virus,” “Other Tick-borne Spotted Fever Rickettsial Infections,” “Tick-borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF),” “Tularemia.” Borrelia miyamotoi

University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center: “How to Remove a Tick.”

State of Michigan: “Ticks and Your Health.”

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, “Tick Management Handbook.”

Mayo Clinic: “Lyme Disease,” “Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Meat Allergy.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Tick-Borne Diseases.”

Illinois Department of Public Health: “Common Ticks.”

Purdue University, Medical Entomology, “Ticks.”

CDC: “Life Cycle of Hard Ticks That Spread Disease,” “Geographic Distribution of Ticks That Bite Humans,” “Lyme Disease,” “Symptoms of Tickborne Illness,” “Tickborne Diseases of the United States,” “Anaplasmosis,” “Babesiosis,” “What you need to know about  ,” “Colorado Tick Fever,” “Powassan Virus,” “Other Tick-borne Spotted Fever Rickettsial Infections,” “Tick-borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF),” “Tularemia.” Borrelia miyamotoi

University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center: “How to Remove a Tick.”

State of Michigan: “Ticks and Your Health.”

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, “Tick Management Handbook.”

Mayo Clinic: “Lyme Disease,” “Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Meat Allergy.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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