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Do Deer Spread Tick Diseases?

Female white-tailed deer standing in the woods

It is not necessary to be afraid of a deer if you spot one in the woods or even on your neighbor’s lawn. It’s not true that all deer ticks are infected with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Ticks can become infected if they feed on animals like mice and other mammals that are infected. The disease is only spread when an infected tick bites a person and stays attached for a certain period of time. That means ticks are only dangerous if they are infected, and deer play no role in infecting ticks. Ticks become infected with the Lyme disease bacterium only by feeding on other infected animals.

The black-legged tick, also known as a deer tick, does not always cause Lyme disease. In fact, the odds of getting Lyme disease from an individual deer tick bite are quite low. It’s been reported that even in tick-ridden areas, less than five percent of bites result in an infection. In addition, you will not get Lyme disease from eating venison or squirrel meat, but those meets should always be thoroughly cooked.

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