Most folks are quite familiar with Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, but these aren’t the only tick-borne illnesses that outdoorsmen need to worry about. The CDC lists 14 different diseases carried by ticks in the United States. Don’t let that scare you into sitting indoors all day. Just be aware of the threats and take steps to manage your risks wisely. Here are four common tick ailments that might not currently be on your radar.
1. STARI (Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness)
This emerging illness is found in the southeastern and eastern U.S. and is transmitted through bites from the lone star tick. Symptoms include fever, tiredness, headache, muscle soreness, and joint pain.
This one is common to the Southwest and is also spread by the lone star tick. Dogs, cattle, sheep, horses, and other livestock can also be carriers. Symptoms include a fever and swollen lymph nodes.
This disease is carried by deer ticks and is found most often in the Northeast and upper Midwest. Symptoms include a dry cough, headache, and growing fatigue.
4. Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis
HGA is becoming more prevalent in the upper Midwest, New England, parts of the mid-Atlantic, and northern California. The most common symptom is fever, but headache and fatigue can also be present.