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Are Ticks Winning?

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  • Ticks have specially developed mouths for feeding on blood; in addition to the needle-like hypostome, which is covered in backward-facing hooks, there are two rod-like chelicerae, which help to drive the hypostome into your skin
  • Tick salvia contains anesthetics so you can’t feel their bite, along with anticoagulants and immune suppressors that facilitate the ticks’ feeding while also allowing the transmission of diseases like Lyme
  • While only deer ticks are known to transmit Lyme disease, cases have now occurred in half of the counties in the 48 continental U.S. states; Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the U.S.

By Dr. Mercola

Ticks are widespread throughout the U.S., and while bites can be harmless they also hold the potential to transmit serious diseases. Lyme disease — which is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria spread through the bite of blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) and western blacklegged ticks — is thought to affect more than 300,000 Americans annually. As you can view for yourself in the video above, ticks are stealthy creatures that have developed an elaborate system to feed off human blood.


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