Last Updated on May 4, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Lyme is the most widespread tick-borne disease in the U.S. It’s been found in all 50 states and every continent but Antarctica. 25% of the reported cases are children. Less than 50% of people with Lyme get a bull’s eye rash. But did you know that ticks transmit other harmful diseases too? In fact, many people infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria which cause Lyme, have additional tick-borne co-infections.
(Want our FREE Lyme disease download that’ll give you the signs, symptoms, and stages of Lyme? Simply click the link below for the printable PDF.)
Below is a list of tick diseases. I’m linking out to additional resources. But viewer discretion is advised. What I mean by that is read the outgoing links knowing there is disagreement in the medical community about Lyme and where it does and does not occur.
As we know, ticks and hosts are mobile. They move. They don’t stay in a particular county or state. I wish they did. I say let’s lock ’em up and throw away the key!
But, I digress…
Please keep that in mind if you’re clicking out to one of the links below (especially the CDC) and you read something that sounds vaguely (or exactly) like one of the following:
- “so and so tick-borne illness is very rare” (false)
- “the tick-borne illness that is restricted to only New York and Maine” (wrong, again)
- “so and so tick-borne illness is restricted to the Northeastern U.S.” (again, false)
- “so and so tick-borne illness is hard to catch and easy to treat” (one of the more popular ones, and again, wrong!)
because if you read any of this, know that it’s a bunch of hooey. And if you hear anyone repeating this false information, please help us bring awareness to tick-borne diseases, stop the spread of bad (and heartless) information, and politely offer up this article for them to read.
So, on with the list, my friends.
Tick-Borne Diseases In Humans
- Lyme disease
- Borrelia Miyamoto
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF)
- Borrelia mayonii
- Heartland virus (HRTV)
- Colorado tick fever
- Powassan (POW) Disease
- Q Fever
- Relapsing Fever
- Tick-Borne Encephalitis
- Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI) or Master’s Disease
- Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis
- Bourbon virus disease
- 364D rickettsiosis
- Alpha-gal syndrome
Want to learn more about tick-borne illnesses? I created a Lyme resource to help answer your questions. The guide provides you with:
- more details about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
- valuable information on diagnosis and testing
- where to find financial help for Lyme patients
- prevention tips
- instructions for how to properly remove a tick
- and more…
all based on research. Simply click below to check it out.
Summary Of Tick-Borne Diseases
I hope this quick list of tick-borne diseases helps you see the reach a tiny tick can have over human life. My friends and family tell me they’re more careful protecting themselves from ticks because they know what I’ve been through with chronic Lyme.
Sometimes I feel guilty for making others worry in this way. So I try to break the ice and say goofy things like, *I have that effect on people. But while I don’t want to cause a panic, it’s crucial for you to be aware of the facts so you can protect yourself – and enjoy being in the great outdoors.
Truly, prevention is always best – especially when it comes to tick-borne diseases.
For tips on how to protect yourself from ticks, go to Top 10 Ways To Prevent Lyme Disease (And Other Tick-Borne Illness)
Do you or someone you know have Lyme or one of the tick-borne diseases listed above?
Share your comments and questions below. I love hearing from you. X, Lori
Reporter, Linda Simmons from KY3 News interviewed me about my experience with Lyme disease. If you’d like to learn more, you can watch the interview here.
If you’d like to learn more about Lyme disease, you’ll want to check out:
- Tick Identification Guide And Protecting Your Pets
- Is Chronic Lyme Disease Real? Part 1
- Symptoms And Stages Of Lyme Disease
- Author Marlena Lewis Writes About Life Struggles And Lyme Disease
- Lyme Disease Awareness
- Warning: Lyme Disease Is Spreading Faster Than AIDS
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Finally, the information provided in this article has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, prevent, diagnose or cure any disease or health problem.