Tick bite

A bite from a bloodsucking, parasitic insect that punctures the skin with a sharp beak. The tic burrows into the skin with its head. Tick bites can carry serious illness, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, other forms of tick typhus, and Lyme disease.

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  • Tick typhus

    Also known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, an acute febrile (feverish) disease initially recognized in the Rocky Mountain states, caused by Rickettsia rickettsii transmitted by hard-shelled (ixodid) ticks. Occurs only in the Western Hemisphere. Anyone frequenting tick-infested areas is at risk for RMSF. The onset of symptoms is abrupt with headache, high fever, chills, muscle […]

  • Tick fever

    Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

  • Tick, Rocky Mountain wood

    See Rocky Mountain wood tick.

  • Tick-borne disease

    The mouth parts of the tick are grasped with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible; Apply firm steady pressure upward until the tick releases – do not jerk, twist, squash or squeeze the tick; Clean the wound and the tweezers with an antiseptic. Do not use petroleum jelly or nail polish remover, […]

  • Tick-borne rickettsioses of the eastern hemisphere

    There are 3 known diseases caused by infection with rickettsial agents. They are North Asian tick-borne rickettsiosis, Queensland tick typhus, and African tick typhus (fievre boutonneuse).

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