Woods & Mountains

Tick-Borne Illnesses & Diseases

Know which ticks are common in your cabin region, and what types of diseases they may carry
By Patricia Strutz
Published: January 28, 2014
family tick check dog
TOP TO BOTTOM – After a day of fun in the great outdoors, perform a thorough tick-check of your loved ones and pets. Early removal is key to preventing the spread of tick-borne diseases.
Photo by www.cdc.gov
Q: I’ve heard that ticks can carry Lyme disease, but are there other diseases they can spread that I should be aware of? Also, do different kinds of ticks carry different diseases? How can I reduce my exposure to ticks while at my cabin?
– Cassie, via email

A: There are many different varieties of ticks and, unfortunately, some of them have the potential to carry certain diseases. Not all ticks carry bacteria that cause disease. Among blacklegged ticks (aka deer ticks), for example, it is estimated that 20% of nymphs and 50% of adults are infected with Lyme disease.

Many people are aware that some ticks can transmit Lyme disease, but there are a number of other potentially serious diseases they can carry as well. It’s important to know which ticks are most common in your cabin region and the types of diseases they can carry.
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