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Beware of the Dangers of Ticks

Most everyone has encountered a tick in one form or another. You’ve probably found one on yourself, a loved one or a friend after a hike or camping trip, or maybe you’ve removed one from your pet. No matter how you’ve come across them, keep in mind, not only are they creepy, they are also dangerous little bugs.

Tick borne illnesses have increased and spread across the U.S. in recent years. From the East Coast to the West Coast, and all areas in between, you can be sure there is a species of tick living in your area, and they can spread more than 14 different diseases. According to a statement that came from a recent scientific conference, ticks are “the most significant vectors of infectious diseases in the United States.”

With the American dog tick spreading Rickettsia rickettsii and Rocky Mountain spotted fever in large mammals, including humans, from the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern coast, and the brown dog tick which can be found throughout the U.S. and the world, there is nowhere to hide from the little blood suckers. The southern states are also home to their own brand of the lone star tick which can transmit diseases such as ehrlichiosis, tularemia and STARI to humans in the southeastern and eastern United States, and the western blacklegged tick can cause Lyme disease and anaplasmosis along the Pacific coast.

While most of the tick species feed mainly on birds, small rodents, dogs, deer and other wildlife and mammals, humans are also susceptible to being a host and contracting a disease. and James Dondero are sure that the best advice would be to tuck your pant legs into your socks while hiking, wear bug repellant while outdoors and check your body for any parasites hitching a ride.