Some Facts about Diseases Caused by a Tick Bite

Are you going away for camping or hiking? Do you hunt or fish? Do you love hiking? Do you work in your garden? Be aware of the presence of ticks and avoid a tick bite.

The summer is almost here and ticks are on the go.

As ticks tend to be more active during warmer months and increase sickness, we should take safety measures to avoid a tick bite and Lyme symptoms and other diseases.

Here is a short list of disease caused by a tick bite – Tick-borne diseases:

  • Anaplasmosis – a disease caused by a infected tick bite (most commonly – blacklegged tick).
  • Ehrlichiosis is a disease that is spread by a tick bite, most commonly – the long star tick. Ehrlichiosis infect and kill the white blood cells. Ehrlichiosis is transmetted through a tick bite.
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever is the most dangerous and most frequently reported in the United States. The American dog tick and wood tick carry the bacterium that causes this disease. After an infeted tick bites you, the disease is passed through the skin into the bloodstream. Other names of the disease: “tick typhus,” “Tobia fever” (Colombia), “São Paulo fever” or “febre maculosa” (Brazil), and “fiebre manchada” (Mexico).
  • Colorado Tick Fever is an acute viral infection transmitted by an infected wood tick bite. It is also called Mountain tick fever, Mountain fever, American mountain fever.
  • Tularemia is also called Deerfly fever; Rabbit fever; Pahvant Valley plague; Ohara disease; Yatobyo (Japan); Lemming fever

It’s a serious infectious disease. You can contract with Tularemia through and infected tick bite, horsefly or mosquito. Tularemia is fatal in about 5% of untreated cases, and in less than 1% of treated cases.

  • Babesiosis is a malaria-like disease, an infection of red blood cells. It is transmitted through the tick bite. Animal hosts include cattle, sheep, deer, and dog. Other  names: piroplasmosis
  • Tick paralysis is the only tick-borne disease that is not caused by an infectious organism. Tick paralysis illness is caused by attaching to the skin to feed on blood. During the feeding process, the toxin enters the bloodstream. Hard- and soft-bodied female ticks are believed to make a poison that can cause children paralysis.
  • Relapsing fever is an infection and transmitted through louse or soft-bodied tick bite. The death rate for untreated Relapsing fever ranges from 10 – 70%. Other names: Tick-borne relapsing fever, Louse-borne relapsing fever

You can find ticks on plants and on animals in low-lying brush in woods, grasslands, marshlands and at the seashore.

Blood of natural world, birds, and people is the food of ticks. A tick feeds itself through a tick bite.

Ticks attach to you as you rub against bushes, plants, and grass. Ticks often move to a warm, moist location, like your head, neck, armpits, ankles, or groin (between your legs).

Ticks may crawl on the skin for up to one hour before biting you.

There are many kinds of ticks. Blacklegged ticks or deer ticks (which carry Lyme disease bacteria) are usually tiny, no bigger than the head of a pin. Much bigger ticks are woodland and dog ticks.

Wild birds and animals can carry ticks, same as habitat animals and pets as dogs, horses, and cows.

Ticks may climb on people from animals, leaves and branches. A squirrel can drop down a tick on lawn, and you can be careless in checking for ticks than they were before treating their lawns.

Ticks cannot jump or fly

The best way to keep ticks out is to put in a fence that will keep out animal carriers such as deer and rodents.

By keeping animals carriers off your land, you can also decrease the damage done to your garden.