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BEWARE ! TICKS POSE A THREAT IN U.S.

In recent years, health officials in the Northeast report seeing a number of cases of Borrelia miyamotoi (B. miyamotoi), a much rarer tick-borne illness. In the U.S., it is transmitted by the black-legged or “deer” tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the Western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus), both of which are known to carry Lyme disease as well anaplasmosis and babesiosis, two other tick-borne illnesses.

Most people who spend summertime outdoors in the Northeast are well aware of their risk for Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that’s prevalent in the warmer months. But new research suggests that the bacteria that causes Lyme disease isn’t the only danger associated with tick bites. In recent years, health officials in the Northeast report seeing…

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