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Increase in Tickborne Diseases Likely

Posted by on August 14th, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Engagement, NIH, Public Health, Rural Health


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“Dog Tick.” via NIH.gov, July 25, 2018, Public Domain.

The next time you spend time outside, you might want to check closely for ticks.  Officials from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) report an increase in the number of tickborne diseases.

The most common tickborne illness is Lyme Disease, a bacterial infection resulting from a tick bite.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that there are nearly 30,000 cases of Lyme disease reported each year.  Symptoms include fatigue, fever, headache, and skin rash; however, if left untreated the disease can spread and cause additional complications.

Although Lyme Disease is the most common, other U.S. tickborne disease include:

Despite the increase the CDC  states that incidences of these disease are underreported.  The article in which NIH discusses the increase in tickborne disease states it is critical scientists work to develop vaccines.  Read the entire article to see other NIH recommendations.

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