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Common Tick-Borne Diseases

Ticks are common in many regions. They can bite humans and pass pathogens like parasites, viruses, or bacteria, which eventually cause infections. Those people who often work outdoor tend to be at a higher risk. Areas with leaf litter, high grasses, bushes, or woods are likely to have many ticks. They might be active throughout the year, especially in areas with warm conditions. Below are the top 12 most common tick-borne diseases that you should know.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease. It is caused by the bacteria like Borrelia mayonii and Borrelia burgdorferi. The condition can affect both animals and humans. Some typical signs include fatigue, headache, fever, and a distinctive skin rash. Lyme disease can be passed to humans through the infected bite of blacklegged ticks. Without proper treatments, bacteria can spread to other parts, such as the nervous system, heart, and joints. The doctor can diagnose the disease based on physical findings and symptoms. Some lab tests can also be useful to verify the presence of bacteria. Most cases can be treated within several weeks. [1]