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Tickborne Diseases

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About Tickborne Diseases

Tickborne illnesses are a serious health concern on Cape Cod – particularly lyme disease, babesiosis and anaplasmosis, all of which are transmitted by the Deer Tick (blacklegged tick) and have been identified on Cape Cod. Examples of other tickborn illnesses include tularemia, Borrelia miyamotoi, Ehrlichiosis, Powassan disease, and STARI.

Notes and Image Credits:

Header Image: The Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, is an obligate parasite that cycles between ticks and vertebrate hosts. B. burgdorferi alters the proteins expressed on its outer surface, depending on the state of each host. Therefore, by using two different specimens, and staining the specimens in accordance with these two protein coat configurations, both states are combined into a single image. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)