- Tickborne diseases have more than doubled in 13 years and are 77% of all vector-borne disease reports
- The most common tickborne diseases (TBDs) in the United States are Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Bartonella infections, Ehrlichiosis, Rickettsiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), and Lyme disease
- Lyme Disease accounts for the majority (82%) of all tickborne disease cases
Ticks usually need between 24 and 72 hours to effectively transmit any diseases they are carrying and, if found in time on the host, can be removed before they transmit infectious microorganisms to the host.
Because many symptoms of tickborne diseases are generic or mimic other conditions, these diseases often go undiagnosed for months, increasing the suffering and disease progression of the patient.
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Only healthcare providers licensed in their state may order laboratory testing.
Tickborne diseases can be acquired throughout the United States from a variety of ticks, which carry and pass on different microorganisms to humans and animals. Symptoms may be generic and have overlap with other conditions, and therefore, be difficult to associate with a tickborne disease.
Symptoms Associated with Tickborne Diseases Include:
- Fever and/or chills
- Bell’s palsy
- neck stiffness
- muscle or joint aches/pains
- GI symptoms : nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- change in cognitive or psychological status
- enlarged, tender lymph nodes
- painful abdomen
- dizziness or shortness of breath
- numbness or weakness in limbs
Tickborne disease symptoms and disease progression can also often be more severe in the elderly and immunocompromised.