Tick-borne infections in the United States

George G.A. Pujalte, Joel V. Chua

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Abstract

Patients with illnesses caused by ticks may present with flulike symptoms. Physicians should learn how to recognize these illnesses by specific aspects in the patients' histories and physical examinations. Prevention of mortality and morbidity may depend on correct early diagnosis and treatment. Illness prevention may result with early removal of the tick, because infection usually requires 24 to 48hours of attachment to the host. A bite from one tick may transmit several different pathogens leading to concurrent infections. The prevention of tick-borne illnesses can start with advice on how to prevent tick bites, especially during summer time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-635
Number of pages17
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013

Keywords

  • Babesiosis
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Lyme
  • Spirochetes
  • Tick-borne
  • Ticks
  • Tularemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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