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July 23, 2019  |  News  |  Insect Repellents

Consumer Reports: How Quickly Can an Attached Tick Make You Sick?

How Quickly Can an Attached Tick Make You Sick?

For a tick bite to make you sick, the tick must be attached to you and feeding for a certain amount of time. For some diseases, this can take a day or more. For others, it takes just minutes.

We spoke with experts in tick biology to find out why there’s so much variation, and what you need to know to protect yourself.

How a Tick Infects You

First, it’s important to understand that ticks can transmit bacteria, viruses, and parasites, and all of these behave a little differently.

When it comes to the transmission of tick-borne disease, scientists arguably know the most about how this works for Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, which (in the U.S.) is transmitted by blacklegged ticks (or deer ticks) as well as Western blacklegged ticks. That depth of knowledge is at least in part because so much research has been conducted into developing a vaccine against Lyme, explains Jean Tsao, Ph.D., associate professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.

See the full article by Catherine Roberts on Consumer Report’s website here:

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