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Common Tick Borne Diseases That Aren’t Lyme Disease

We hear a lot about ticks invading the Northeast region of the United States and how they are quick to spread Lyme Disease. However, it is important to note that ticks live in multiple U.S. regions, and that there are quite a few other tick borne diseases outside of Lyme disease that affect people of all ages. Always make sure to check for ticks after spending time outside and remove them right away in order to prevent the following diseases.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is common in the Southeast region of the United States. This disease is carried by the American dog tick, the brown dog tick, and the Rocky Mountain wood tick. Those affected by this tick borne disease will typically suffer from a sudden onset of fever, pain in the muscles, headaches, and a rash. This is one of the most concerning tick borne diseases because it can be difficult to diagnose at the onset, which means if not treated quickly or properly, it could be fatal.

Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis

Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis can be found in quite a few regions of the United States, most notably in the Midwest. This tick borne disease can also be found in the Mid-Atlantic states, northern California and even New England. This disease causes symptoms that include headaches, fever, and malaise. Fever tends to be the most common symptom and it follows not long after the tick bite.

Ehrlichiosis

Ehrlichiosis is most often found in the Southwest region of the United States. It is carried by the lone star tick. This tick is found on dogs, goats, sheep, horses, and cattle. Patients who are bitten by the lone star tick typically suffer symptoms that include swollen lymph nodes and fever.

Colorado Tick Fever

Colorado Tick Fever is another tick borne disease you must be wary of, especially if you live in the Rocky Mountain states between elevations of 4,000 to 10,500 feet. This disease is carried by the Rocky Mountain wood tick and causes symptoms that include vomiting, fever, nausea, chills, malaise, diarrhea and many more. Symptoms begin to manifest themselves anywhere from three to five days following the tick bite.

Heartland Virus

The Heartland Virus is transmitted by the lone star tick. This disease was only discovered in 2009 in Montana. It has since been found in Texas and in Oklahoma. This diseases causes bite victims to suffer fever, low platelets, and a decrease in their total number of white blood cells.

Tularemia

Tularemia is spread by multiple ticks including the lone star tick, the deer tick, the wood tick, and the American dog tick. Bite victims can experience vomiting, fever, chills, malaise, nausea, swollen glands, weight loss, headaches, aches and pains and many other symptoms.

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