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Human Diseases from Ticks, More than Lyme Disease

There 12 known diseases in the US from ticks and several different types of ticks are known to cause disease. One of these, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, is deadly, caused by the common dog tick, is more common on the east coast and is active now. Some can cause long or short-term disability if not diagnosed and treated early. It is important to be aware of these diseases, what the different ticks look like and the importance of tick prevention (insect repellent, tick checks on your body, tick removal within hours of attachment and how to remove to ensure removal of the tick mouth parts).  My next several posts will focus on these diseases and prevention. Here is a link to an overview: