Know your ticks
Easy to read table shows the most common ticks found in the U.S. that transmit pathogens to humans.
Note: only a partial list. To learn more about tick-bite prevention and how to be Tick AWARE, click here
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Remember, in Wisconsin, ticks are found in every county in the state. Researchers are also finding them in bright, open, mowed lawns.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — For the last four years, researchers from Columbia University have been studying the rise in tick populations and Lyme disease on Staten Island — and the work continues this summer as they drag for ticks, set up hair traps and place trail cameras in residents’ backyards.
The researchers are studying both parks and residential areas to better understand the ecology of ticks and the risk of tick-transmitted diseases in urban environments. And ticks are now being found across all of Staten Island, not just in the southernmost parts.
Most notably, the Asian longhorned tick continues to spread across the borough.
(See link for article)
For more on Diuk-Wasser’s work.
- The Asian Longhorned tick is marching across the U.S. and has been found to transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) in the lab.
- Here we see it can also transmit Lyme (although they say “minimally” – whatever that means) https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/10/26/researchers-conclude-asian-longhorned-tick-contributes-minimally-to-lyme-disease-in-the-u-s/
- It spreads SFTS (sever fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome), “an emerging hemorrhagic fever,” causing fever, fatigue, headache, nausea, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, disease of the lymph nodes, and conjunctival congestion, but the potential impact of this tick on tickborne illness is not yet known.
- In other parts of the world, this Longhorned tick, also called the East Asian or bush tick, has been associated with several tickborne diseases, such as spotted fever rickettsioses, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and Borrelia, the causative agent of Lyme Disease. https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/06/12/first-longhorned-tick-confirmed-in-arkansas/
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IGeneX 2021 Presentation Wisconsin Naturopathic Doctors Association (WNDA)
May 10, 2021
See Dr. Joseph Burrascano presenting on behalf of IGeneX Laboratory at the annual WNDA conference. Topics cover testing for Lyme Disease, Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever, Bartonella, Babesia, Rickettsia, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia.
Dr. Burrascano discusses the Lyme ImmunoBlot test for early Lyme, validated with CDC test samples, that will identify 93% of cases.
He discussed a 2018 study of over 10,000 patient samples from nearly every state which found patients testing positive for the following pathogens:
- nearly 38% for Babesia
- 32% for Lyme borrelia
- nearly 28% for TBRF borrelia
- 19% for Bartonella
- nearly 17% for Anaplasma
- nearly 13% for Rickettsia
- nearly 7% for Ehrlichia
- 40% tested positive for 2 pathogens
- 15% for 3
- 4.6% for 4
- 0.7% for 5
Humans infested with Ixodes ricinus are exposed to a diverse array of tick-borne pathogens in Serbia
Back in the “old days,” most dog owners could do very little to prevent diseases in their furry companions. Today, we have dozens of options that can prevent a battery of nasty diseases in our four-legged friends — but the top three are tick-borne illnesses, rabies and heartworm.
Every year, thousands of dogs are infected with serious illnesses spread by a tiny insect that can be found everywhere from the deepest backwoods to the most pristine urban parks: the tick.
Ticks — which most medical experts agree need to be embedded for 24 to 48 hours to spread infections — attach themselves to dogs, feed on blood and transmit diseases directly into the bloodstream.
Both prescription and over-the-counter products can keep ticks from attaching most of the time, but the best preventative is to check your dog daily if you live in a tick-prone region, and remove and destroy any ticks you find.
Major canine tick-borne diseases include:
- Lyme disease. The tiny (barely the size of a sesame seed) Western black-legged tick or deer tick — found in 56 of California’s 58 counties — is the main vector for this serious bacterial infection. It can cause stiffness, lameness, swollen joints, loss of appetite, fever and fatigue.
- Ehrlichiosis. Caused by the brown dog tick, this is one of the most common and dangerous tick-borne diseases infecting dogs; symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, runny eyes and nose, and swollen limbs. In its acute stage, ehrlichiosis can be fatal.
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The American dog tick, the wood tick, and the lone star tick carry this disease, which causes fever, stiffness, skin lesions and neurological problems. Serious cases can result in death. (See link for article)
Again, minimum tick attachment time for transmission has never been studied. Prudence would err on the side of caution. We also know that partially fed ticks can transmit pathogens more quickly: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/07/05/interrupted-blood-feeding-in-ticks-causes-and-consequences/ There’s also examples of humans becoming infected within a few hours of tick bite as well as the fact Rickettsia can be transmitted immediately and Powassan within minutes. Many pathogens have been found in the salivary glands of ticks also suggesting quicker transmission.