What Diseases Are Transmitted or Potentially Transmitted by Ticks in Indiana?
Ticks are involved in the transmission of several disease agents, including some about which details pertaining to the disease agent, vectors, and reservoir animals are still being documented. Information on tick biology and tick-borne diseases can be found at one of these websites:
The majority of patients infected with a tick-borne disease in Indiana will experience no symptoms or only mild, flu-like symptoms, but tickborne diseases can be severe or fatal; especially in patients with a weakened immune system. People experiencing symptoms who may have been exposed to tick bites are strongly encouraged to see a physician. Accurate diagnosis and early treatment with an appropriate antibiotic prescribed by a physician is extremely important. Tickborne diseases in Indiana are typically successfully treated during the initial, acute infection whereas chronic disease is more difficult to treat and may not respond to treatment at all.
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