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Ticks that Carry Lyme Disease: Eastern and Western Blacklegged Tick
Signs and Symptoms: Fever, bullseye rash, joint pain, and fatigue.
- Severe headaches and neck stiffness
- Circular rashes on other areas of the body (similar to the early onset bulls-eye rash)
- Joint pain, arthritis, and joint swelling (particularly in large joints, such as knees, elbows, ankles, and hips)
- Facial drooping known as palsy—a loss of muscle strength and tone, usually on one side of the face
- Pain that moves around or is intermittent, affecting muscles, tendons, joints, and bones
- Irregular heart beat and palpitations (Lyme Carditis)
- Episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath
- Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, which can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including nerve pain, shooting pains, weakness, tremors, numbness and tingling. These symptoms generally will occur in hands, feet and limbs, as well as in the face and head, problems with short-term memory
Ticks that Carry Relapsing Fever: Dog Tick, Eastern Blacklegged Tick
Signs and Symptoms: High fever (over 103 degrees), muscle and joint aches that go away and come back after a few days.
Ticks that Carry Spotted Fever: American and Brown Dog Ticks, Gulf Coast Ticks, Rocky Mountain Wood Tick.
Signs and Symptoms: Severe headache and fever followed by a rash.
Ticks that Carry Anaplasma: Eastern and Western Blacklegged Ticks, Soft Ticks
Signs and Symptoms: Fever and chills, severe headache, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting.
Ticks that Carry Bartonella: Eastern and Western Black Legged Tick
Signs and Symptoms: Low-grade fever, enlarged h4and tender lymph nodes, papule at the site of bite.
Ticks that Carry Heartland Virus: Lonestar tick
Signs and Symptoms: Fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, chills.
Ticks that Carry Tularemia: Lone Star Tick, Eastern and Western Blacklegged Ticks, Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
Signs and Symptoms: Fever and chills, swollen lymph nodes, ulcer at the site of the tick bite.
Ticks that Carry Meningoencephalitis: Blacklegged ticks primarily
Signs and symptoms: Fever, headache, neck pain.
Ticks that Carry Powassan: Eastern Blacklegged Tick
Signs and symptoms: Neurological symptoms, fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, loss of coordination, speech difficulties, and seizures.
COLORADO TICK FEVER
Ticks that Carry Colorado Tick Fever: Rocky Mountain Wood Tick.
Signs and symptoms: Fever, chills, headache and body aches.
Ticks that Carry Babesia: Eastern Blacklegged Tick
Signs and symptoms: Flu-like symptoms, can lead to hemolytic anemia due to the destruction of red blood cells.
Ticks that Carry Tick Paralysis: American Dog Tick, Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
Signs and symptoms: Ataxia and paralysis beginning in the feet and legs. Numbness and tingling may also occur.