Quick tick facts

May 07, 2000|By ANDREA ROWLAND

There are more than 850 tick species - about 100 of which are capable of transmitting diseases - and multiple diseases can be contracted from a single tick bite, according to the Lyme Disease Foundation (LFD) in Hartford, Conn.

The black-legged tick, or deer tick, transmits Lyme disease.

External parasites, ticks are arachnids that seek blood meals on or slightly above ground level by climbing onto vegetation and using their forelegs to grab for a host.

Deer ticks are especially difficult to detect because of their small size, said Dr. Robert Parker, health officer at the Washington County Health Department.

The longer an infective tick feeds, the greater the chance of infection.

An infective tick must be attached to the host for a day or more before Lyme Disease transmission occurs, but improper tick removal may transmit Lyme disease much sooner, according to the LDF.


Also see:

-- Tips help win the fight against ticks

-- Remove ticks safely

-- Tick season brings Lyme disease threat

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