2nd October 2019

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What kind of ticks carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

RMSF is caused by the bacteria Rickettsia rickettsii (R. Rickettsii), which is carried by ticks. The bacteria spread to humans through a tick bite. In the western United States, the bacteria are carried by the wood tick, and in the eastern US, they are carried by the dog tick.

Which tick causes Lyme disease?

The Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, is spread through the bite of infected ticks. The blacklegged tick (or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis) spreads the disease in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central United States. Most humans are infected through the bites of immature ticks called nymphs.
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