Ticks Pose Multiple Health Threats

FAIRFAX, Va. (June 5, 2014) – Once confined to a small region in the Northeast, Lyme disease has spread to most regions of the country and is increasing as a national health issue. However, this isn't the only disease that ticks can spread.

Different species of ticks can carry the bacteria that cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Babeiosis and the recently discovered Heartland virus.

These diseases can cause lasting physical and mental damage if not diagnosed, but they are also highly preventable with proper caution. Checking clothes and the body for ticks after spending time outdoors significantly reduces the likelihood of contracting a tick-borne disease.