Update and Summary of Tickborne Diseases in North America

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Volume 27 Number 5


In previous editions of the WMNL, articles have been written on the various tickborne diseases. Over the past few years several important changes have occurred, and there have been several more illnesses added to the list.

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– Leading insect vectorborne diseases in USA.

– 95% of all insect vectorborne illnesses in USA.

– Second only to mosquitoes worldwide in causing and spreading disease.

– Ticks are little cesspools.

– Lyme Disease is the #1 tickborne illness.

– Anaplasmosis (HGA) is the #2 tickborne illness.

Here is the current list of tickborne diseases seen in North America:

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Ticks Worldwide

September/October 2010  ISSN-1059-6518  Volume 23 Number 5

By Frank Hubbell, DO

Ticks Worldwide:

Ticks are little cesspools.


It is estimated that ticks exceed all other arthropods in the number and variety of diseases that they can transmit.


Tickborne diseases are some of the leading insect vector-borne diseases in the world, and they seem to be on the rise.


Tickborne diseases are second only to mosquito-borne illnesses for spread of disease around the world.


Mosquito-borne diseases are the most common cause of death (mortality) and disease (morbidity) on earth.

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September/October 2004  ISSN-1059-6518  Volume 17 Number 5

Tales of the Tapeworm

By Dr. E.C. Oli


Southern Tick-Associated Rash Ilness (Borellia lonestari)

Like the deer tick, Ixodes, that spreads Lyme Disease, the Lonestar tick is also a very small brownish tick but with a white spot, or “star” in the center of its back.

Anyone who develops a suspicious rash and has been exposed to ticks or has had a tick bite should see their primary care provider for appropriate testing and treatment.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that anyone with a tick bite from a deer tick, Lonestar tick, or other suspicious tick should take a single dose of doxycycline 200mg once as prophylaxis against these illnesses.

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