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.
- 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).